Paper Talk: Man City chase Brazilian starlet; Pogba latest

Date published: Monday 20th June 2016 7:20

Gabriel Jesus

Man City have made a £16.7million bid for rising Brazil saviour Gabriel Jesus, while Juventus are willing to sell Paul Pogba for the right price, according to Monday’s newspapers.

MAN CITY IN THREE-WAY FIGHT FOR GABRIEL JESUS

Manchester City have reportedly joined Barcelona and Juventus in the race to sign 19-year-old Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus after placing a £16.7million bid to secure his services.

According to Duncan Castles via One World Sports, the offer will have triggered a clause in the Brazil U20 star’s contract to allow him to speak to specific clubs, with Barcelona and Juventus also thought to be ready to match Man City’s bid.

Gabriel has scored 20 goals in 60 games for Palmeiras and was voted ‘Revelation’ of the Brazilian Championship last season after helping his club to the Copa do Brasil.

The report also mentions that Man City are ‘confident’ of securing a work permit for Gabriel, despite the fact that he is yet to feature for the Brazilian national side.

JUVENTUS MAKE POGBA PLEDGE

Paul Pogba

Marca have reported Juventus have promised midfielder superstar Paul Pogba that he can leave the club this summer – but only if a team can match their valuation of him.

Pogba returned to the France starting line-up in the 0-0 draw against Switzerland at Euro 2016 and caught the eye once again with a dominant display in Lille.

It is thought that only a world-record bid will be enough for Juventus to reluctantly sell their star asset, but are aware that any transfer will not solely be down to which club bids the highest as Pogba wants to join a side that matches his lofty ambitions.

Manchester City and Manchester United are again mentioned as possible destinations for the 23-year-old. However, Marca believe that Real Madrid are still the best-placed to sign one of the world’s biggest talents.

 

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The Foxes are confident of seeing off rival interest from West Ham to sign 23-year-old Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy after having a £10m bid accepted (Leicester Mercury)

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 26, is expected to return to the club this summer. He spent last season on loan at Roma but negotiations over extending that deal are not progressing well (Guardian)

England manager Roy Hodgson will make six changes to his side for Monday’s Euro 2016 match against Slovakia (Mirror)

Captain Wayne Rooney, 30, will be rested, with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, 26, his replacement (Guardian)

West Brom have made a £4m bid for Queens Park Rangers winger Matt Phillips and are close to agreeing a new contract with James Morrison (Telegraph)

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