Paper Talk: Straight swap on as Paul Pogba edges closer to Man Utd exit

Date published: Wednesday 9th December 2020 8:27

Juventus are reportedly willing to offer Manchester United a star attacker in exchange for Paul Pogba, while Arsenal look set to miss out on Dominik Szoboszlai after his next club was named, according to Wednesday’s transfer gossip.

POGBA TO JUVENTUS, DYBALA TO UNITED

Manchester United ‘could sign Paulo Dybala’ if Paul Pogba returns to Turin as part of a swap deal, according to a report.

The United midfielder finds his future under the spotlight again following some controversial comments from agent Mino Raiola.

While that has now forced a dignified response from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speculation over Pogba’s future continues to gather pace. Those rumours will only surely heighten following their Champions League elimination on Tuesday night.

As such, multiple outlets, including The Sun, claim Pogba is now most likely to sign for Juventus. Furthermore, it’s claimed he could be allowed to leave in a straight swap deal for Paulo Dybala.

Dybala has struggled to nail down a place in Andrea Pirlo’s side this season and also looks likely to move on.

Reports on Tuesday claimed Jose Mourinho and Tottenham were leading the chase.

However, reports claim it is United who could prove the next home for Dybala. Claims of a swap, which originate in The Athletic, appear to tick plenty of boxes.

Pogba’s current deal is up in 18 months, with Raiola insisting his client has no intention of signing an extension.

Raiola continued: “It is useless to go around it… Tt’s better to speak clearly, look ahead and not waste time looking for culprits.

“Paul at Manchester United is unhappy, he is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as expected of him.

“He has to change teams, he has to change the air.

“He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution for the parties is to sell in the next market.”


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DOMINIK SZOBOSZLAI’S NEXT CLUB NAMED

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Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai has been backed for a move to RB Leipzig by his Hungary national manager Marco Rossi. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen wants to link up with teammate Raheem Sterling to continue the fight against racism and inequality. (Daily Mirror)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri trained with Liverpool on Tuesday as the Reds limbered up for their Champions League trip to Denmark to face FC Midtjylland. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho admits there is tension within the squad after a poor start to the league has left them ninth. (Daily Mirror)

Mesut Ozil is close to joining Fenerbahce according to one of the Turkish side’s chiefs. (Daily Mirror)

WEST HAM LOOK INTO ERIKSEN DEAL

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West Ham are looking into the possibility of bringing former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen back to London. (various)

DC United have stepped up their pursuit of Arsenal outcast Ozil ahead of the January window. (Daily Mail)

Gareth Southgate has offered his support to Wayne Rooney as he embarks on his managerial career. (Daily Mail)

Marine FC’s fairytale FA Cup run has taken another welcome twist with their third-round tie against Tottenham selected for TV. (Daily Mail)

The FA and other governing bodies will face racial diversity targets for their boardrooms from next year. As such, the Government are determined to add ethnic representation to the gender quotas introduced three years ago. (Daily Mail)

ROSS BARKLEY INJURY BLOW

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Newcastle United are confident Saturday’s visit of West Bromwich will go ahead. Their players returned to training on Tuesday following a Covid outbreak. (Daily Mail)

Ross Barkley will miss Aston Villa’s clash with Midlands rivals Wolves on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

Premier League and Championship clubs face losing £110million per year. That’s should a Government review of gambling lead to a ban on betting companies sponsoring football shirts. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is set for a January transfer U-turn after two excellent performances from Caoimhin Kelleher. (Daily Express)

Patrick Vieira is likely to earn a quick return to management with Nantes – just days after his exit at Nice. (The Sun)

AND MORE GOSSIP

Gabriel Martinelli made his long-awaited playing return for Arsenal’s U23s on Tuesday night. (The Sun)

Arsenal are facing two new stumbling blocks as they pursue a transfer for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. (Daily Star)

Manchester United fans have begged the club to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Star)

Billy Koumetio, Jake Cain and Leighton Clarkson are likely to get their Champions League debuts on Wednesday in Liverpool’s dead-rubber against Midtjylland. (The Times)

The Scout: ‘Set piece king’ on track to save Liverpool a fortune

Pep Guardiola is hoping Sergio Aguero can finally put his injury nightmare behind him. The striker is likely to return against Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

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