Manchester United have a big contingency plan in place in case of a big exit, while Robert Lewandowski could move to the Premier League – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD HAVE POGBA CONTINGENCY PLAN
Manchester United have three players on their transfer shortlist if Paul Pogba refuses to commit to a new contract, according to a report.
After a long spell of largely inconsistent displays, Pogba has become a vital player for United this term. As such, talk has ramped up over his future, with his current deal expiring next summer.
Indeed, The Sun on Sunday revealed that the Red Devils want to tie the France star down to lucrative new terms.
They will reportedly offer Pogba up to £500,000 per week, which would comfortably make him the club’s highest-paid player.
According to the Daily Mirror, though, United chiefs have alternatives in mind if they fail to get the midfielder to commit.
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is their first option. The England international has become one of the finest defensive midfielders in Europe and, at 22, has already made 128 Premier League appearances.
Furthermore, he has cemented his name in Gareth Southgate’s England squad. However, Hammers boss David Moyes has previously stressed that it would take over £100million to prise him out of the club.
Therefore, United are also supposedly targeting Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez. Like Rice for West Ham, the Spaniard holds down a crucial role in the Spanish capital and would not come cheap.
Leicester’s Wilred Ndidi is the third player on the Old Trafford shortlist, the Daily Mirror adds. Ndidi has made himself one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers’ team sheet in recent seasons.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
The agent of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowki is pushing his employers to hand him a lucrative new contract, or find a club elsewhere which can do so. As such, the Premier League has emerged as a destination this summer. (Bild)
West Ham boss David Moyes has categorically ruled out a move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. (Sky Sports)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that Naby Keita’s long-term future remains at Anfield. Indeed, the Guinean has not played since he was hauled off against Real Madrid. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United hold an interest in Lens defender Facundo Medina. (Calciomercato)
NEWCASTLE TARGET CELTIC STAR
Meanwhile, Newcastle are tracking Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer ahead of a potential swoop. (The Scottish Sun)
Fulham have tracked Peterborough forward Siriki Dembele. However, Rangers, Celtic and Crystal Palace are all in the race too. (Football Insider)
WEST BROM TO BEGIN ALLARDYCE TALKS
West Brom will begin talks over manager Sam Allardyce’s future. The 66-year-old’s contract will expire if the Baggies get relegated. (The Telegraph)
Meanwhile, AC Milan have paused contract negotiations with star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma until the end of the season. However, the player’s contract runs out at the end of June. (Ansa)
ALABA WAGES AT MADRID REVEALED
Centre-back David Alaba will earn about the same as Sergio Ramos’ €12million salary when his move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid goes through. (Mundo Deportivo)
Man Utd face an FA investigation after protests which caused the postponement of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool. (Daily Telegraph)
United could have points deducted, because Premier League and FA rules contradict one another on postponements. (Daily Mirror)