Paper Talk: Man Utd setback as new rival emerges for preferred Pogba replacement

Date published: Friday 27th March 2020 8:27

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Manchester United face a new rival in pursuit of Donny van de Beek, Chelsea want Manuel Neuer and Barcelona are interested in a Spurs man, all in the papers.



Juventus have switched their attention away from Paul Pogba, according to a report in Italy. report that Juve are seriously considering alternatives to Pogba this summer and one of them is reported Man Utd target Donny van de Beek.

The all-action midfielder shot to prominence last season as Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals with Van de Beek scoring 17 goals, while providing 13 assists in 57 appearances in all competitions.

Unlike some of Ajax’s other stars, the 22-year-old, who is also a target for Real Madrid, stayed put.

However, he could be on the move this summer with Juve looking seriously at him as an alternative to Pogba. Juve chief  Fabio Paratici’s “dream remains to bring Paul Pogba home” but that could be very difficult due to his price tag at United.

United are thought to want to sell Pogba this summer, but they won’t let him go on the cheap and are believed to be considering offering him a new deal to maintain his value.

The Metro via Marca have reported that Manchester United are interested in signing Van de Beek, who is under contract at Ajax until 2022 and valued at around £50million

United are still looking for another central midfielder and Van de Beek has been in fine form for Ajax this time around, scoring 10 goals and hitting 11 assists in 37 appearances.

But Juve’s interest does not spell good news for United. As reported by Rai Sport journalist Paolo Paganini via the Bianconeri have “intensified contacts with the Dutch club for van de Beek”.






Alexis Sanchez will return to Manchester United this summer (Calciomercato)

Kevin de Bruyne is considering his options of leaving Manchester City for Real Madrid (Sport/Foot)

Chelsea are interested signing Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (Bild)

David Alaba is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer (Sky in Germany)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Inter Milan defender Diego Godin (Mirror)

Lazio forward Ciro Immobile might end up staying at the Italian club after all (Calciomercato)

Liverpool are keeping an eye on the progress of Valencia star Ferran Torres (Mirror)

 Arsenal are interested in trying to sign Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, (Sky Sports)

The future of AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is still uncertain with Chelsea interested in the Italian (Calciomercato)

Barcelona are following the progress of Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele following a difficult first season (Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp faces a selection disaster next season with Mohamed Salah potentially away for up to four months at the Olympics and Africa Cup of Nations, should the former be rescheduled for the spring of 2021 (The Sun)

Everton’s Oumar Niasse was stopped by police for disobeying the coronavirus lockdown  (The Sun)

Manchester City are set to be offered David Alaba as a makeweight for Leroy Sane by Bayern Munich this summer (The Sun)

Ed Woodward says Manchester United are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation as sporting events continue to be impacted (The Sun)

Liverpool may have to delay the expansion of Anfield because of the coronavirus outbreak (Daily Star)

West Brom want to make 24-year-old Croatia midfielder Filip Kronvinovic’s loan a permanent deal if they win promotion to the Premier League. (Mail)

Tottenham have opened preliminary talks with teenage English midfielder Oliver Skipp, 19, over a new long-term deal. (Football Insider)

Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have all been watching Espanyol’s Spain youth international midfielder Nico Melamed, 18, who has a £7.3m release clause. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

West Ham, Sporting Lisbon and Anderlecht are among the clubs monitoring Liverpool’s German goalkeeper Loris Karius, 26, who is on loan at Besiktas and available for £4.5m at the end of the season. (Voetbal24)

Real Madrid are interested in signing teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland, 19, from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. The Norwegian striker only joined the Bundesliga side in the summer and has a £50m release clause. (Standard)

EFL clubs have been told football will not return on 30 April with new date to be announced next week amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. (Mail)

Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo, 30, has been offered a two-year contract extension worth more than £400,000 per week by parent club Shanghai Shenhua. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are looking to extend the contract of midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, but this would “anger” the France World Cup winner. (AS)

Everton are one of four clubs to have made an offer for Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel, 23, who would cost around £30m. (Sky Sports)

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