Juventus’ long-standing interest in Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba is documented, while Barcelona join the clubs eyeing up a Leeds star – both in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD OFFERED QUARTET FOR POGBA
Juventus have offered four players to Manchester United in exchange for Paul Pogba since April last year, according to a report.
Pogba has faced continued speculation over his future since moving back to Manchester from Turin in 2016.
Indeed, the uncertainty came amid his lack of form and consistency, as well as his struggles with injury. However, such speculation has died down amid the Frenchman enjoying arguably his best spell in a United shirt.
Nevertheless, Juve have proved to be continuing admirers of the player whose form in Serie A resulted in his £89million move back to England.
In fact, Calciomercato reports that the Italian giants have offered four of their own since April 2020 in a bid to tempt United and Pogba.
Winger Douglas Costa and midfielder Miralem Pjanic were the first to be dangled to Old Trafford. However, the Red Devils rejected those attempts shortly after the start of the first coronavirus lockdown.
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In the ‘following months’, Juve also offered midfield duo Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey, again being rebuffed.
Throughout Juve’s attempts, though, the message from United’s chiefs including executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was that they would only accept over €100million (£88million) for their midfielder – and no players in return.
But the report adds that the Serie A side will try again in the coming months. United triggered their 12-month extension option in Pogba’s contract in October, meaning his contract now expires in 2022.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Barcelona are attentive to Raphinha‘s exciting progression since signing for Leeds in October. (Don Balon)
AC Milan will begin negotiations in the ‘coming days’ about signing Diogo Dalot permanently from Manchester United. What’s more, there is loose hope of an agreement worth €17million. (Il Milanista)
However, super agent Jorge Mendes is considering offering the Portuguese full-back to Barcelona. (Don Balon)
Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has received a two-match ban for his tackle on Brazil’s Richarlison in November. (Ovacion Digital)
LEVERKUSEN DEFENDER BACKS HAVERTZ
Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah has backed former teammate Kai Havertz to prove his Chelsea critics wrong. (Sport 1)
Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst says that his ambitions have not changed after recent transfer links with Tottenham. (Kicker)
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane sent another clear message to exit-linked Isco by naming him as a substitute against Getafe on Tuesday. (AS)
Rafael Benitez is ready and waiting to take over as Napoli boss. Indeed, he is in direct contact with club president Aurelio di Laurentiis. (Todofichajes)
INTER PONDER CHELSEA SWAP
Inter are pondering a swap deal with Chelsea involving Christian Eriksen and Jorginho. However, the Blues currently disagree with the figures being laid out by the Italian club. (Calcio Mercato Web)
Leeds have fallen behind to Paris Saint-Germain in the hunt to sign Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. (Don Balon)
Former Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty has backed Ianis Hagi to become a legend at Ibrox. (Pro Sport)
BLUES EYEING RAMOS
Chelsea have emerged as candidates among Manchester United to sign Real Madrid stalwart Sergio Ramos. (Don Balon)
Roma general director Tiago Pinto has made Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard one of his top summer targets. (Centro Suono Sport)
Meanwhile, Celtic will attempt to strike a loan deal for PSG midfielder Raphinha Alcantara. (Todofichajes)
Manchester City sent an ‘insulting’ offer to Sevilla for centre-back Jules Kounde before signing Ruben Dias in the summer. (AS)