Paul Pogba is inching closer to Barcelona, as Mino Raiola’s actions anger Manchester United, while Newcastle are close to signing an exciting young Lyon star, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
POGBA AGREES BARCA MOVE – AS RAIOLA ANGERS MAN UTD
Barcelona are reportedly drawing ever close to signing Paul Pogba this month.
Despite Manchester United wanting to keep the midfielder at Old Trafford, it seems Mino Raiola is pushing hard to engineer his client a move away from the club, with the Daily Mail running a story claiming Pogba has told his Red Devils team-mates he wants to leave and has already agreed a £350,000-a-week contract with the LaLiga champions.
However, it seems Raiola’s role in the whole saga is beginning to anger United. The Daily Star claims United are “furious” with his agent for trying to engineer his move out of Old Trafford, with another report, this time in The Sun, claiming Pogba will only stay at Old Trafford if they hand him a £200,000-a-week pay rise.
Either way, it seems like Barcelona are prepared to do all they can to push through a deal for Pogba before the end of the month. Time, however, is more of the essence to Manchester United with the club now having just over 24 hours to push through a deal for a potential replacement.
The Daily Express, meanwhile, claims Barcelona could look to Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo if they are unable to force through a move for Pogba.
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AND THE REST
Myziane Maolida withdrew from Lyon’s squad to play Chelsea last night amid strong interest from Newcastle United (The Times)
Manchester City are preparing to name one of their training pitches after Joe Hart in recognition of the goalkeeper’s 12-year service to the club (The Times)
Burnley have offered £10m for Abdoulaye Touré, the Nantes midfielder (The Times)
Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest in Stanislav Lobotka which may complicate Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of the Celta Vigo midfielder (The Times)
Giannelli Imbula is close to a loan move to Levante from Stoke City (The Times)
Fulham have offered £8m for Hugo Mallo, the Celta Vigo right-back (The Times)
Tottenham made a £25m offer for Jack Grealish on Tuesday and are awaiting a response from Aston Villa (Daily Telegraph)
Cardiff will battle Newcastle and two teams from the Sky Bet Championship to sign Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter (The Sun)
Maurizio Sarri has hinted both Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will stay at Chelsea (The Sun)
John McGinn is mulling over a move to Aston Villa after being given a tour of the club’s facilities on Tuesday by boss Steve Bruce (The Sun)
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng phoned Jose Mourinho to tell him he will not be joining Manchester United, according to reports in Germany (Daily Star)
Arsenal are to switch kit manufacturers from Puma to adidas and double their income to £60m (Daily Mail)
Joe Hart’s arrival at Burnley could push Tom Heaton towards the exit door with Sean Dyche expected to sell one of the club’s three England goalkeepers (Daily Mail)
Watford have made a £10m offer for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace and Fulham both want Swansea City and Ghana forward Jordan Ayew. The 26-year-old is refusing to train with his Championship team (Daily Mirror)
Leicester are on the verge of signing two centre-backs, with Filip Benkovic having had a medical on Tuesday and recent Arsenal target Caglar Soyuncu also close to joining (Daily Mirror)
Everton are confident of signing Chelsea and France defender Kurt Zouma on loan (Daily Mirror)
Everton are confident they can sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan if they are unable to complete a move for Yerry Mina by Thursday’s deadline (Daily Mirror)
Crystal Palace and Fulham are keen to sign Swansea striker Jordan Ayew, who is refusing to train with his club (Daily Mirror)
Birmingham City are closing on the signing of Cardiff City goalkeeper Lee Camp (Daily Mirror)
Alisher Usmanov is unlikely to invest in Everton despite his decision to sell his £600m stake in Arsenal (Daily Mirror)
Jamaal Lascelles has told his Newcastle bosses they should be doing all they can to ensure Rafa Benitez is “the happiest man” on Tyneside (Daily Mirror)