Paul Pogba remains determined to quit Manchester United and hold his agent to a transfer promise, while John Terry’s move to Spartak Moscow looks in doubt for two major reasons, according to Wednesday’s papers.
RAIOLA MADE POGBA BARCELONA, REAL MADRID PROMISE
Paul Pogba wants to join Barcelona after his agent Mino Raiola promised him a move to the LaLiga giants back in 2016.
According to a report in the Daily Express, via the Manchester Evening News, Raiola told the Frenchman he could guarantee him a switch to either Barca or Real Madrid back in the summer of 2016 and prior to his return to Manchester United.
Pogba saw avenues to both Spanish giants closed that summer, with the duo priced out by United, who spent a then world-record £89.3million to bring the player back to Old Trafford.
But fast forward two years and the midfielder’s ongoing dispute appears to have rekindled Raiola’s efforts to get Pogba the move he promised him back in 2016.
United continue to insist the midfielder is going nowhere, but history shows that when Raiola makes a promise to his client, it’s usually one he ends up keeping.
Barcelona remain in the hunt for the midfielder and it’s reported Raiola has now updated his promise by telling Pogba he will secure him that dream move once he’s completed three season at Old Trafford.
Pogba recently fuelled talk of a move to Barca by openly talking about the speculation surrounding his future.
“I’m under contract,” Pogba said when questioned about Barcelona.
“There were little things with the coach [Mourinho], the relationship is always the same.
“We have goals in common, we want to win, that’s all that matters.
“As long as you do not see me with the Barcelona jersey, it’s because I’m in Manchester. It will always be rumours.”
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AND THE REST
John Terry’s move to Spartak Moscow is in doubt. The 37-year-old former Chelsea and England defender agreed terms over a one-year deal that would see him earn £1.8m – with the option of a second year. But now Russian media report it’s on hold because he and his family have concerns over moving to Moscow (Daily Mirror)
Matteo Guendouzi’s impressive start to life at Arsenal could spark a fight over his international future, with France and Morocco both keen on the midfielder (Daily Mirror)
Gianluigi Buffon is on a collision course with Thomas Tuchel after the PSG head coach confirmed Alphonse Areola was his first-choice goalkeeper (Daily Mirror)
Ilkay Gundogan is ready to turn down interest from Barcelona and open contract talks with Manchester City (The Sun)
Marcelo has become the latest star footballer in Spain to be punished for unpaid taxes, with the left-back accepting a four-month suspended prison sentence and a £1.1m fine (The Sun)
Hundreds of Crossrail workers have walked out after being offered £400 a day to help finish Spurs’ delayed new stadium (The Sun)
Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has branded Hugo Lloris ‘overrated’, and says PSG keeper Alphonse Areola should be France’s No 1 (Daily Mail)
The Premier League is set to bankroll the Professional Footballers Association for another three years despite the concern over the way chief executive Gordon Taylor remains in total control of the organisation (Daily Mail)
Everton forward Theo Walcott is set to miss Sunday’s Premier League home game with West Ham with a rib injury (Daily Telegraph)
English football and the Premier League should be ‘streamlined’, with fewer domestic matches played, says European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli (The Times)
Scott Brown has revealed he is set to sign a new contract at Celtic, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season (Daily Record)