Saturday 20 October 2018

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Paul Pogba tells Man Utd he wants to go - or get £200k pay rise if he has to stay'

Paul Pogba had a mixed 2017/18 season at Manchester United (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Paul Pogba had a mixed 2017/18 season at Manchester United (Anthony Devlin/PA)
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Paul Pogba has reportedly told his Manchester United team-mates that he wants to leave Old Trafford after seemingly having his head turned by Barcelona's interest - and the small matter of around £350,000 a week on the table.

According to The Daily Mail, Pogba has made it known to United players and staff that he wants to be sold, just two years after rejoining the club from Juventus in a then world-record £89 million deal. The 25-year-old is claimed to have sent a text to Ed Woodward, United's executive vice-chairman, of his desire to go.

Sam Wallace in today's Telegraph has revealed that United have told Barcelona they have no interest in selling Pogba and are unimpressed that the player's agent, Mino Raiola, is trying to construct a deal in which the Frenchman could be acquired by Barca in return for around £45m, plus Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina.

Whether Pogba leaves or not - and it is exceedingly unlikely - there is no doubt he has become disillusioned with life under Mourinho. The Sun claims he has told United he wants a £200k-a-week pay rise if he has to stay. Watch this space.

Barcelona's offer of Mina as part of the Pogba deal is due to the fact Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his defence. United have been quoted enormous prices for the like of Jerome Boateng and Mina and have so far faced complete resistance from Leicester in the case of Harry Maguire, for whom Woodward is a great advocate.

And now it seems United will have to shelve their interest in Bayern Munich defender Boateng, too. According to Bild, the 29-year-old Germany defender has called Mourinho to tell him he is grateful for the interest, but won't be moving to Manchester.

However, there may be a slither of a silver lining for Mourinho - and it involves Maguire. The Mirror is reporting that Leicester's impending £13.5m move for Dinamo Zagreb defender Filip Benkovic - and the fact a £22.5m deal for Freiburg's Caglar Soyuncu is close - could mean new life is about to be breathed into the Maguire saga at the 11th hour.

'West Ham continue spending spree'

New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has already spent big this summer on the likes of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop but it seems the wallet remains open to even more recruits.

According to Calciomercato, the Hammers have tabled an £8.9m bid for Roma's French midfielder Maxime Gonalons. The Giallorossi have already rejected offers from Everton and Crystal Palace for the 29 year-old.

West Ham are also confident of completing the £5m signing of striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal, reveals The London Evening Standard, as well as 32-year-old holding midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina.

'Courtois to be hit with massive fine'

As reported by Matt Law in today's Telegraph, Chelsea have agreed to pay a world record £71.6m to replace Thibaut Courtois with Athletic Bilbao's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, enabling Courtois to move to Real Madrid.

Spanish publication AS claims 23-year-old Kepa will fly to England this morning, having travelled to Madrid on Tuesday in preparation for his switch.

The path of Courtois to Real will be further smoothed by the Liga club's willingness to send midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan.

However, if the Belgian thinks refusing to turn up to work to force a switch doesn't have consequences he is sadly mistaken, with The Daily Mail suggesting he will be hit with a £200,000 fine.

The financial penalty consists of two weeks' wages for the 26-year-old goalkeeper, who is thought to be on a £100,000-per-week deal.

'Bakayoko off to Milan'

AC Milan are in talks to sign Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan, according to Sky Italia.

Bakayoko moved to Stamford Bridge from Monaco last summer for £40m and started 25 Premier League games in his first season in the Premier League. However, some of his performances have been far from convincing and any loan deal for Bakayoko is likely to include an option to buy.

Danny Drinkwater and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be on their way as well, the latter also on loan.

And the rest...

Tottenham have made a £25m offer for 22-year-old midfielder Jack Grealish and are awaiting a response from Aston Villa. (Telegraph)

Crystal Palace and Fulham are going head to head to sign Swansea City forward Jordan Ayew, who is currently refusing to train with his Championship team. (Mirror)

Marco Silva's squad overhaul at Everton will go right to the deadline day wire with the club reportedly confident of signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan. (Mirror)

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