Paul Pogba’s hopes of moving to Real Madrid could be scuppered by a 17-year-old, while Barcelona are ready to make a move for a Man City playmaker, according to Saturday’s Paper Talk.
POGBA LEFT SWEATING OVER REAL MADRID MOVE
Paul Pogba’s hopes of a move to Real Madrid appear to have suffered a significant blow, if the latest reports are to be believed.
A report in the Daily Express, via Marca claims that Real’s board would sooner spend their money on 17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes instead of Pogba.
Pogba has been angling for a move away from Old Trafford for a number of months now, after claiming that he’s ready for a new challenge.
Real Madrid and former club Juventus have always been the most likely destinations for the France midfielder, but it appears that Zinedine Zidane may be losing his battle to sign his fellow countryman.
Zidane has always been keen on recruiting the World Cup winner, but Real chiefs have been more hesitant – especially with United demanding a transfer fee upwards of £100million.
Now, they would rather Zidane signed youngster Camavinga from Ligue 1 side Rennes.
It’s believed that Camavinga would compliment Casemiro in central midfield, as he’s more defensive than Pogba.
And with the France Under-21 star also nine years younger than Pogba, that would offer Los Blancos more of a long-term option and give them better value for money.
Any move for the midfielder would like cost around £60million, whereas Pogba could cost as much as double that.
However, the report adds that the Real the board are still yet to convince Zidane that Camavinga is a more worthwhile signing than the Red Devils star.
AND THE REST
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Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah has emerged as a possible summer target for Arsenal, who are reported to be considering whether to trigger his £34m buyout clause (Daily Mirror)
Jordan Henderson faces a race against time to lead Liverpool’s quest for a dream trophy double (Daily Mirror)
Former Juventus and AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has suggested he wants to be back in a job by September with Manchester United said to be among the clubs monitoring the Italian’s situation (Daily Mirror)
PSG forward Neymar is reportedly considering signing an extension to his current deal at Paris Saint-Germain despite speculation continuing to link him with a return to his former club Barcelona (Daily Mirror)
Steve Bruce is tempted to take Toon ‘whipping boy’ Joelinton out of the firing line at Selhurst Park (The Sun)
Danny Drinkwater is being warned to shape up to avoid the hook by Aston Villa boss Dean Smith (The Sun)
Norwich do not expect Sam Byram back until pre-season after he was forced to undergo surgery on a ruptured hamstring tendon (The Sun)
Manchester City have turned to the QC who twice beat the Government over Brexit to help them fight their two-year Champions League ban (Daily Telegraph)
Brendan Rodgers has challenged Leicester City to gatecrash the Premier League’s established order by becoming “Big Six” regulars (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United have been told they could challenge for the Premier League title if they sign Kalidou Koulibaly, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in the summer transfer window (Daily Express)
Planning permission for Chelsea’s proposed new stadium runs out at the end of the month with no indication yet made by the club when work might start (Daily Telegraph)
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says they have an option to buy Turkey striker Cenk Tosun at the end of the 28-year-old’s loan spell from Everton (Liverpool Echo)
Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce says talks are ongoing over new contracts for Scotland winger Matt Ritchie, 30 and England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (Shields Gazette)
Rangers could be charged by UEFA after a flare was thrown on to the Ibrox surface near the halfway line during the epic 3-2 victory over Braga (Scottish Sun)