Published On: Wed, Mar 25th, 2020

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Paul Pogba staying?

Manchester United are confident of keeping Paul Pogba beyond the next transfer window.

The France international, 27, is frequently linked with a mega-money departure from Old Trafford with Juventus and Real Madrid the two most likely destinations.

The European heavyweights were expected to challenge for Pogba last summer but Ed Woodward’s £180million valuation proved too much.

Now, ESPN claim there are ‘significant doubts’ that either club could finance a £100m deal in addition to the player’s £300,000-a-week salary demands.

Fabian Ruiz battle

Manchester City have entered the race to sign Fabian Ruiz.

That’s according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who claim Pep Guardiola has expressed interest in the 23-year-old midfielder.

The report claims City view Ruiz as a long-term successor to David Silva, who is expected to leave after 10 successful seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also looking to secure Ruiz’s services, that are valued at £91million.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Real Madrid

Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer and they could try and lighten the financial burden by offering one player in exchange.

According to Spanish outlet Diario Madridista, Arsenal have made contact with the La Liga giants to offer up their striker.

Aubameyang will enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer and the Gunners would rather cash in now rather than let him walk for free next year.

But Real have a plan to try and get a substantial chunk of the fee knocked off by offering Dani Ceballos as part of the deal.

Jadon Sancho negotiations

Manchester United have been speaking to Borussia Dortmund since the January transfer window shut in a bid to get a deal for £120million-rated Jadon Sancho over the line.

The Red Devils are at the front of the queue and Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says Ed Woodward and co. are “confident” of wrapping up the deal.

But they have encountered a huge problem in that negotiations are stalling because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

“Manchester United have been in contact with Jadon Sancho’s agent for two months and are working on his contract,” Romano said during an Instagram Live video. “The coronavirus pandemic is making it hard to communicate with Borussia Dortmund. United are confident.”

Calciomercato claim Sancho’s entourage are aiming for a transfer in July.

Lautaro Martinez agreement

Lautaro Martinez has agreed a deal in principal to join Barcelona.

That’s according to the print edition of Italian newspaper Tuttosport (as reported by Goal), who claim the Argentine striker wants to partner Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

The Spanish champions will now need to negotiate terms with Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan.

The Serie A challengers have already rejected Barcelona’s opening offer of £65million plus Arturo Vidal and Nelson Semedo but a follow-up bid is expected soon.

Should the Catalan giants fail to reach an agreement with their counterparts, they could opt to trigger the 22-year-old’s £102million release clause.

Philippe Coutinho sale

Barcelona are prepared to cut their losses and offload playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international arrived at the Nou Camp in a deal worth £142million from Liverpool but failed to justify the expenditure.

He’s since been shipped out to Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga champions aren’t interested in exercising their £101million option to make the loan deal permanent.

The uncertainty surrounding his future has led to interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

And the Premier League trio could secure themselves something of a bargain with Spanish publication Marca claiming Barcelona are resigned to making a loss.

Rio wants them both

Rio Ferdinand wants Tottenham talisman Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have been linked with the English superstars in recent months but Ferdinand isn’t entirely certain either will be completed.

“Would I take Harry Kane now? Of course you would,” Ferdinand said on Instagram Live. “This geezer scores goals but I don’t see Tottenham letting Harry Kane go. And with Jose Mourinho there, I don’t see Mourinho letting him go to Manchester United.

“I would take Jadon Sancho all day… whether we’ll get him, though. Great player, great potential, English, he’s brilliant.”

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