Manchester United have a growing transfer fear about a key star, while a Chelsea man steps up his efforts to leave the club – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD, POGBA TRANSFER FEAR
Manchester United fear that Paul Pogba is delaying contract talks in a bid to tempt other big clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain to the bidding table, a report claims.
The French midfielder goes into Euro 2020 having enjoyed arguably his best season in a United shirt since rejoining in 2016.
He scored several crucial goals, including the winner over AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Meanwhile, he assisted four goals in his final seven Premier League appearances.
But the question of Pogba’s future plans remains unanswered. The 28-year-old only has one year left on his contract and so this summer presents the last chance for the Red Devils to sell him for a fee.
ESPN reports that while United ‘have not given up’ tying him down, there are fears at the club that he is stalling on talks in a bid to attract interest from elsewhere.
Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino‘s Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus could all show interest.
It remains doubtful that the latter three clubs would be able to afford Pogba’s transfer this summer. However, should he become a potential free transfer, all four would relish the opportunity.
Pogba will be free to talk to overseas clubs from January onwards and talks are only set to begin after Euro 2020, with France the favourites to win the final on July 11.
Those contract talks with United will centre around Pogba‘s role in bridging the gap between the Old Trafford club and Manchester City and the hunt for European silverware.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is eyeing up a loan move away from the Blues next season. While he is an exciting prospect, he has struggled for game time under Thomas Tuchel. (The Sun)
Three more players could also leave Chelsea this summer, with a triple deal for AC Milan mooted. (The Sun)
But AC Milan have been told to pay £26million to make Brahim Diaz’s loan move permanent. Although, Real Madrid are open to another loan deal. (Goal)
Meanwhile, incoming Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri is plotting a move for the Blues’ Ruben Loftus-Cheek. (Gianluca di Marzio)
WEST HAM EYE LINGARD TRANSFER
West Ham will step up their pursuit of star loanee Jesse Lingard from Manchester United after he failed to make the England Euro 2020 squad. (The Sun)
But Glenn Hoddle says that he is unsure whether Jordan Henderson should be in England’s 26-man squad. (The Sun)
Tottenham have told Manchester City that they will not accept a players-plus-cash offer for Harry Kane. (Daily Mirror)
Nevertheless, ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho feels that the striker should stay in the Premier League. (The Sun)
Kylian Mbappe says that he feels content at Paris Saint-Germain amid continued uncertainty over his contract. (Daily Mirror)
DANIEL EK IN NEW ARSENAL BID
Spotify founder Daniel Ek is preparing to increase his Arsenal takeover bid to more than £2billion from £1.8billion. (Daily Mail)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles says that he wants clarity over his Arsenal future from manager Mikel Arteta. He also admitted that it could be time to ‘kiss goodbye’ to the Gunners. (The Telegraph)
Chelsea are open to offers for winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. (The Times)
POTTER STILL IN EVERTON FRAME
Brighton boss Graham Potter is still a candidate for Everton in their hunt for a new manager. (The Athletic)
Roy Hodgson has turned down an offer to become the new West Brom boss. (Football Insider)
Jetro Willems wants to return to Newcastle after becoming a free agent following his Eintracht Frankfurt. The Dutch left-back spent the 2019/20 season on loan at St James’ Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)
Liverpool are showing interest in Porto midfielder Fabio Vieria. (Liverpool Echo)