Paper Talk: Man Utd adamant two Juventus stars will not be part of Pogba swap

Date published: Tuesday 5th January 2021 8:35 - Robert McCarthy

Paul Pogba, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United are willing to do business over Paul Pogba but do not want two Juventus players in return, while Tottenham have axed new deal plans for Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.


The latest reports from Italy claim that Manchester United are willing to let Paul Pogba leave in a player-swap deal with Juventus – but not for Aaron Ramsey or Douglas Costa.

The France star returned to Old Trafford in 2016 from the Italian giants but has been linked numerous times with a return.

Pogba has just 18 months remaining on his current Old Trafford contract, with his second spell at United seemingly coming to an end.

His agent Mino Raiola declared last month that the 27-year-old wants to leave for a new challenge.

Both Juventus and Spanish champions Real Madrid are known to be keen, although the former are Pogba’s first choice.

However, Juve’s signing of Federico Chiesa means they must look for alternatives rather than a straight-up money offer for Pogba.

Reports have emerged of a player-plus-cash deal being offered by them to United.


That is something the Premier League side are believed to be open, as reported by Calciomercato (via The Sun).

Ramsey and Costa, who is currently on-loan at Bayern Munich, were being mentioned as possible names involved.

However, the report states that neither player ‘is a priority for United in the Pogba affair’.

And Juve are also reluctant to include either in any package as they ‘are not considered capable of significantly varying the economic balance’ of the transfer.

That leaves United in a quandry over who they want to sign from Juve and who the Italian side would be prepared to sell.

However, one thing seems certain – Paul Pogba is unlikely to still be a United player come the start of next season.


Kane Son TEAMtalk

Tottenham have shelved plans to secure the long-term futures of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. That is due to the financial impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Daily Express)

Georginio Wijnaldum will be a free agent at Liverpool this summer, which has reportedly left Anfield officials “stunned”. (Daily Express)

Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has admitted he doesn’t rule out the possibility of Julian Brandt leaving the club during January amid interest from Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are reportedly ready to cut short Lucas Torreira’s loan transfer with Atletico Madrid and send him elsewhere instead. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are closely monitoring defender Sergio Ramos’ situation at Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola wants to sign the 34-year-old Spain captain as a free agent this summer. (ESPN)

West Ham are looking into ending Felipe Anderson’s unproductive spell at Porto and attempting to protect the Brazilian winger’s value by finding him a new loan club. (The Guardian)


Chelsea do not have a ready-made succession plan for the replacement of head coach Frank Lampard. The club are yet to hit the panic button over their poor run of form. (Daily Telegraph)

Man City are confident Kevin De Bruyne will sign a new Etihad deal – despite a hitch in negotiations. (The Sun)

Real Madrid have beaten off their competition to sign David Alaba because Barcelona cannot afford him. (The Sun)

Southampton have come forward to register an interest in signing Demarai Gray on a free this summer. (The Sun)

Manchester United outcast Marcos Rojo has reportedly held talks over a move to join Boca Juniors. (The Sun)

Bayern Munich are in talks to sign Reading’s highly-rated full-back Omar Richards at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)


Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams, Sergio Romero, and Jesse Lingard are among six fringe players ready to leave Man Utd. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says there is “no chance” of Harry Winks leaving amid interest from Valencia. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is the subject of transfer interest from Turkish side Besiktas. Current circumstances could pave the way for a January move for the Egyptian. (Daily Mail)

Everton have reportedly opened talks with Lucas Digne about a new contract at the club. (Daily Mail)

West Ham have opted against re-signing Shanghai SIPG’s Austria forward Marko Arnautovic. (Daily Mail)

Wolves wing-back Ruben Vinagre is in talks over a new loan move to Famalicao. (Daily Mail)

St Mirren will agree a pre-contract arrangement to sign Scotland international Eamonn Brophy. (Daily Record)

Hibernian are closing in on a permanent deal for Columbus Crew’s Chris Cadden. (Daily Record)


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