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Solskjaer reveal United’s decision on Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.

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Juventus are rumoured to want to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo because his contract is too much of a financial strain as it is..

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that the club has an ‘open dialogue’ with star midfielder Paul Pogba about his contract situation and future at Old Trafford.

Agent Mino Raiola openly claimed in December that Pogba had become unhappy at United and wanted to leave.

He also effectively threatened the club by pointing out that his client can leave as a free agent when his current contract expires in 2022 if they refuse to sell.

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Raiola was widely criticised for the timing and bluntness of his message in the same week as a crunch Champions League game against RB Leipzig that United went on to lose.

Pogba and Solskjaer appear to be on good terms | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Pogba was not directly involved but was at least thought to be complicit because he never took any action to deny what his agent had said if it was untrue.

However, things appear to have changed since then. Pogba was in and out of the United lineup at that time and has now re-taken a regular starting place in a team that has improved enough to have forced its way into the Premier League title race for the first time since 2013.

The Frenchman appears happier on the pitch and it is reflected in more consistent performances.

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Previously, he cut a frustrated figure head and shoulders above teammates below his level.

Now, others are much closer to him and complementing his game and vice versa.

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It is still not certain either way will happen at the end of the season – whether he signs a contract or pursues a transfer away, but Solskjaer’s comments suggest there is a healthy relationship between the player and club and the situation will continue to be monitored.

Pogba is out of contract at Old Trafford in 2022 | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

“We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul, so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us of course,” the United is quoted as saying by NoRM‘s known Media.

“I’m just happy he’s focused, he’s playing really well and he’s happy in himself and that’s important. You can see Paul now enjoying playing football with a red shirt on.”

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If United cannot convince Pogba to sign a new contract, a sale this coming is a must to recoup a transfer fee before he is able to leave as a free agent in 2022.

Equally, the player, soon to turn 28, will be aware that inking a fresh deal will see him commit the remainder of his best years to the club.

It could end up that staying put and signing a new contract is Pogba’s only realistic option.

Man Utd & Paul Pogba must make a decision by the summer | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out any possible market for him, with the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona all interested but strapped for cash. Were he to run down his contract and try his luck in free agency, he may find that any offers can’t match his expectation.

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Real are prioritising a move for Kylian Mbappe this year but are expected to have to sell a number of players and potentially finance some of the transfer with a loan to afford it.

Juventus are rumoured to want to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo because his contract is too much of a financial strain as it is, while Barcelona are in full-on financial crisis with debts estimated to have spiralled to €1bn.

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Paul Pogba ready to decide his Manchester United future.

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Pogba recently insisted that he will continue to be happy at Old Trafford as long as his side keep on winning, admitting that he struggles to cope when United come out on the losing side – just as they did on Wednesday.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he will sit down with the club at the end of the season to discuss his contract situation.

The Frenchman has entered the final 18 months of his current deal and was widely expected to be sold in the coming summer after agent Mino Raiola publicly claimed Pogba wanted to leave Old Trafford because he was ‘unhappy’.

However, those comments came before Pogba rediscovered his best form and led United towards the top of the Premier League table. All of a sudden, an exit no longer seems as certain as it was just one month ago, and Pogba confessed that he is ready to talk to the club about his future.

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“I am on contract, I am here, I am enjoying myself,” Pogba told BT Sport in the build-up to United’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield United. “Everybody knows that I have one year left, I’m going to speak with the club and see what’s going on.

“For now, my objective, my goal is to win something. That’s all I’m thinking about is to win.”

His future is a tricky one to get your head around. In terms of potential landing spots, it’s Real Madrid and Juventus who are usually named a suitors, although neither side has anywhere close to the money needed to land the midfielder.

Should United sell in the summer, they know they would likely make a loss on the £89m they spent to bring him back to Old Trafford in 2016, but he’d still be one of the most expensive transfers of the summer.

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However, whether United actually want to sell is a different matter. Now that he has shaken off the injuries which have plagued him for the last year, Pogba looks like the game-changing midfielder he was supposed to be, and it’s no coincidence that United’s upturn his form has come at the same time as Pogba’s resurgence.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret of his desire to keep Pogba around, but he may have to keep his side in a title battle if he is to convince the World Cup winner to stay.

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COVID-19: Pogba out of France squad after testing positive.

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was omitted from the France squad announced Thursday for next month’s Nations League matches against Sweden and Croatia after testing positive for Covid-19, coach Didier Deschamps said.

World Cup winner Pogba has been replaced by teenager Eduardo Camavinga, who was called up for the first time alongside Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

“Unfortunately he underwent a test yesterday (Wednesday) which was revealed to be positive this morning,” Deschamps said of Pogba’s absence from the group.

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot was also recalled for the first time in over two years after he refused to go on the standby list for the 2018 World Cup.

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“He’s found a very good level again. We can’t go back, I’m not someone who likes to take radical decisions. He remained selectable,” explained Deschamps.

Blaise Matuidi, 33, was overlooked following his recent move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami in Major League Soccer as Deschamps decided to give a chance to some younger players in midfield.

Kylian Mbappe was one of two Paris Saint-Germain players included alongside defender Presnel Kimpembe, both starters in last weekend’s Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich in Lisbon.

France will travel to Sweden for their opening Nations League game on September 5 before returning home to play Croatia three days later. Their last international was the 2-0 victory over Albania on November 17.

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The French Squad
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ENG), Mike Maignan (Lille), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton/ENG), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern/GER), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona/ESP), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid/ESP), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig/GER), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Steven Nzonzi (Rennes), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus/ITA), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham/ENG)

Forwards: Houssem Aouar (Lyon), Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona/ESP), Jonathan Ikone (Lille), Anthony Martial (Manchester United/ENG), Kylian Mbappe (PSG).

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‘This has to End’ Pogba and Rashford cries out against racism


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‘This has to End’ Pogba and Rashford cries out against racism


Manchester United teammates Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have both posted powerful anti-racism messages on social media, as outcry continues to build over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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“I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days,” said England forward Rashford in a message posted on Twitter and Instagram. “I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world.”

“At a time [when] I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear more divided than ever,” the 22-year-old added. “People are hurting and people need answers.

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“Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter.” Rashford also called for justice for Floyd, who died last Monday after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

Pogba also joined the calls for change on his Instagram account. “During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis,” Pogba wrote. “I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness.

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“Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY!” added the France midfielder. “Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE! This has to stop, once and for all! Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY! Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated. I can’t tolerate. I won’t tolerate. WE WON’T TOLERATE. Racism is ignorance. LOVE is intelligence.”

Earlier on Monday Liverpool players, including captain Jordan Henderson and defender Virgil Van Dijk, tweeted messages with an image of the players taking a knee during training at Anfield.

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Rashford has followed his England colleague Jadon Sancho in addressing the issue after the Borussia Dortmund winger said “we shouldn’t fear speaking out for what’s right”. Sancho displayed a message reading “Justice for George Floyd” on his undershirt after scoring the first of his three goals against Paderborn on Sunday.

Premier League side Chelsea have declared that they stand with Floyd and “all victims in the fight against discrimination, brutality and injustice” in a statement.

“As a club we are committed to being a part of the solution, and we are joining our voice to all those calling for fairness, equality and meaningful change. Enough is enough. Together we are stronger.”

The former England captain, David Beckham, posted on Instagram: “My heart goes out to George’s family and I stand in solidarity with the black community and millions of others across the world who are outraged by these events. Its heartbreaking to see that in 2020 this is still happening.”


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Real Madrid offers Shocking 4 players ‘Swap deal for Pogba’


Real Madrid have reportedly offered four players, including James Rodriguez and Martin Odegaard, in an attempt to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

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Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has long been an admirer of French World Cup winner Pogba, who has missed most of this season with a series of ankle issues.

However, Madrid are still keen on signing him and feel a swap deal – also involving Lucas Vazquez and Brahim Diaz – could be an avenue to sign the player, according to The Sun, though United insist their player is not for sale.

The report details that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to get Pogba reintegrated in the starting XI when football resumes again.

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Solskjaer wants to pair Pogba with January arrival Bruno Fernandes in the centre of midfield, with both training this week.

Pogba has only played twice since September and has not played since Boxing Day, but has used the period in which football has been suspended to recover and get back to full fitness.

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Madrid are reportedly keen to land key targets this summer but due to the effect of the coronavirus crisis on clubs across Europe financially, the La Liga side are looking at swap deals as a means of securing transfer targets.

Rodriguez, who was signed from Monaco after a successful 2014 World Cup, has never hit the ground running at the Bernabeu, and had a two-year loan at Bayern Munich from 2017-19.

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Meanwhile, Odegaard was signed as a 16-year-old in January 2015, but has only made two first-team appearances at the club and is currently at his third club on loan in Real Sociedad, after previous spells at SC Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem.

Attacking midfielder Vazquez came through the youth academy at Madrid, while Diaz was signed from Manchester City last January.


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Inter to challenge Juventus, Madrid & PSG for signing of Pogba

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Inter are determined to challenge Juventus, Real Madrid and PSG for the signing of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, claims La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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It is widely reported the France international will leave Old Trafford this summer, especially after the club did not take up its option to extend his contract.

While Juve are trying to use players as part of an exchange, such as Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa, Inter would be more inclined to use a cash sum.

They should have a huge influx of transfer funds if PSG and Bayern Munich take up their options to buy Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, which would bring in almost €100m.

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While Pogba would like to reunite with Antonio Conte, there is no doubt he remains very attached to Juventus, regularly in contact with former teammates and visiting the city of Turin.

There is also the option of another challenge at Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain, as despite barely playing this season due to injury, Pogba has many interested clubs lining up.


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Sagnol: Real Madrid want Pogba and he wants to go there


Manchester United have been adamant since the summer of 2019 that Paul Pogba is not for sale, yet Willy Sagnol believes that Real Madrid want to sign the midfielder and that the player wants to move to the Spanish capital.

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Zinedine Zidane returned to Los Blancos’ hotseat a year ago and he has had his eyes set on the former Juventus midfielder ever since then.

“Real Madrid want him [Pogba], and he wants to go to Real Madrid, so all the conditions for a transfer are there,” Sagnol explained to RMC.

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“I think Manchester United would be happy because they wouldn’t have to pay his high salary anymore, I think it will happen.

“I just hope we see the Pogba of France and not the Pogba of Manchester United.”


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No reason to wait!’ – Real Madrid urged to swoop for Pogba this summer


Former France international Christophe Dugarry has expressed his belief that Zinedine Zidane should attempt to lure Paul Pogba to Real Madrid this summer, insisting there is “no reason to wait another year”.
Pogba has endured a hugely frustrating 2019-20 campaign at Manchester United, with a persistent ankle injury significantly limiting his contribution on the pitch.

However, Dugarry has urged Zidane to make a move for a fellow countryman as soon as possible, telling RMC Sport: “It has been a difficult year for him [Pogba], with injuries and what have you.

“The team is not doing well, but every time he has played, he has reached his level.

“Knowing Zizou, if he is in love with Pogba, there is no reason to wait another year.”

Dugarry went on to express his belief that the United talisman is capable of injecting a much-needed creative spark into Madrid’s starting line up, adding: “We have all seen that their midfield has grown a little old.PSX_20200424_060651

“It’s a midfield that struggles to break the lines and get on the end of crosses.

“Pogba knows how to do that. For me, he’s ideal because of what he would bring to Real Madrid.”


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Real Madrid already have their own ‘Pogba’ Fede Valverde

Real Madrid spent last summer trying to make Zinedine Zidane’s wish come true and bring Paul Pogba to Spain, as the coach considered him fundamental to his project.

The coach wanted his power and reputation to offer something else in midfield, but it was impossible and Zidane didn’t want a Plan B, so he stuck with what he had.

Things didn’t begin well and Zidane ended up giving a chance to Federico Valverde as the Uruguayan impressed in training but never quite reached the same level in matches.

Zidane gambled on him and the midfielder showed what he was capable of, convincing the coach of his talent.

He was the missing piece of the puzzle that the team needed to make the midfield click, bringing energy and power, just as Zidane wanted in Pogba.

Before the break in the season, he had become a key man and a regular on the team-sheet before rotating with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos alongside Casemiro.

He started both Clasicos, both Madrid derbies, at Estadio Mestalla, in the Supercopa de Espana and against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Valverde’s figure is a popular one, both with the squad and fans, and all for a player who was already in the squad without any transfer fee going to Manchester, even though Pogba was almost in Madrid.

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Pogba best match alongside Bruno in Manchester United – Mark Bosnich


Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Mark Bosnich, is confident that Paul Pogba will stay put and bolster the resurgent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after fully recovering from injury.

Rumours have had it that the France international could move away from Manchester United and rejoin his former club Juventus or switch to Real Madrid at the end of this season, but Bosnich believes that the midfielder will be a big hit in Solskjaer’s team, especially playing alongside the resourceful Bruno Fernandes.

“If I had to put money on it right now, I think he will stay, I really do,” Bosnich told Stats Perform.

“If you’ve got a player in the dressing room, regardless of whether it’s Paul Pogba or Paul Smith, you let them go in the most amicable way possible.

“There’s no use carrying someone who doesn’t want to be in your club because it affects their performance and it can start toaffect the performances of people around them.”

Bosnich added: “There’s no doubting [Pogba is] a world-class player. I watched him live at the World Cup in 2018 and I thought he was phenomenal.

“With the arrival of Fernandes and the team winning and playing well, it makes a huge difference.

“If he [Pogba] can come back and play to his full potential, that is fantastic news not only for him and Fernandes but for Manchester
United and all their supporters.”

On Fernandes signing, Bosnich said: “He’s a superb signing. Anyone who had followed him at Sporting would have seen what a top player he was. Even if you didn’t watch that many games in Portugal, you looked at the stats – his goals and assists.

“I don’t think anyone in their wildest dreams imagined he would settle so quickly. But it’s great for him, great for the club and great for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“I’m really happy for the player and for the club and really looking forward to them coming back.”


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Zidane will target both ‘chosen one’ Pogba and Haaland


Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is planning a sensational double swoop for ‘chosen one’ Paul Pogba and wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland this summer.

Zidane is looking to bring more ‘physical robustness’ into his Los Blancos side in order to switch their play style next season. He wants to play for less possession but hurt teams more on the counter attack, according to NobleSports Reliable Source.


The French manager has always been an admirer of Paul Pogba and has been linked heavily with the Manchester United midfielder for the past couple seasons.

Zidane would hope to bring the Frenchman to the Bernabeu to play in midfield alongside Toni Kroos and just in front of Casemiro. It is suggested that Fede Valverde would lose his place in the side despite having a super first season at Madrid.


The club will also look to strengthen their attacking options with Karim Benzema nearing the end of his peak years at 32 years old.

Haaland became hot property in the last 12 months after some barnstorming performances for RB Salzburg.


The striker landed himself a transfer to Borussia Dortmund in January and has continued to impress with 16 goals and six assists from 14 Bundesliga matches.

Zidane is aware of his ageing squad, with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Toni Kroos all over the age of 30.

However, the financial impact on Real Madrid from the suspension of La Liga due to the coronavirus pandemic is still unknown but could effect their summer spending.


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Paul Pogba: My mother always told me I’d return to Manchester United


Paul Pogba says his mother told him that he would return to Manchester United after he left the club in 2012.

The France international joined Juventus on a free transfer in the summer of 2012 after becoming frustrated due to his lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.


But despite swapping Manchester for Turin, Pogba says his mother always believed that he would one day make a return to the club.

Pogba told The Official Manchester United Podcast: “My mother always told me: ‘You will go somewhere but come back.’ She always said this.


“You know mothers – the things she said: ‘You will come back here, don’t worry’ and that was just after [Pogba had left United]. She said you will come back to Manchester, don’t worry, and I did.”

Pogba returned to United in 2016 for a then world-record fee and he says he came back to finish what he had started at the club which he developed through the youth system.


He said: “When I came back, I was really happy to come back. I left it and didn’t finish. I started something but I didn’t finish. I just went somewhere else – to finish it.

“Obviously, coming back where I started was for me, why I was really happy. Now I’m ready to come as a confirmed player not a youth player.”


Pogba has missed the majority of the season so far due to injury but insists that his fitness setbacks have made him “more hungry to come back and do well.”

He suffered a further setback following foot surgery earlier in the season and has not played since Boxing Day, but he is stepping up his recovery and will resume training when permitted to do so following the coronavirus pandemic.


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Griezmann and the Red Cross team up against coronavirus with Pogba


Antoine Griezmann has collaborated with the Red Cross to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus.


The Frenchman will go live on Twitch, playing video games and carrying out a series of activities, with the participation of Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba.


His 24-hour marathon will kick off on Friday and the money raised will be donated to the French Red Cross.


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United’s Pogba to move to Madrid or Juventus.


Manchester United name their price for Paul Pogba as both parties express mutual desire to resolve the situation.

It was thought that Man United would trigger a one-year renewal clause in Pogba’s contract but only to retain the midfielder’s market value.


Pogba’s current deal expires next summer and the Red Devils are keen to sell, hoping to do a deal for £100m.

Juventus and Real Madrid have expressed interest in signing Pogba, NobleSport report


The Old Lady, who sold Pogba to United for £89m in 2016, are reported to be extremely keen on a reunion with the Frenchman.

To add fuel to the fire, Pogba was pictured training at home in Juventus shirt on Wednesday.


The shirt read ‘Matuidi’ on the back and the 27-year-old insisted it was in support of his French teammate Blaise Matuidi who was diagnosed with COVID-19 this week.

“I am positive,” he wrote.


“Usually I like to think I’m positive. Someone who tries to radiate good waves around him, my family, my friends, my team-mates.

“I am positive, we will come out collectively stronger from this test, it will teach us to know each other better, to be more united, more generous, better.”


United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be ready to build a new side without Pogba, despite not publicly criticising the player.

Solskjaer’s Real Madrid counterpart Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of Pogba and spoken of his admiration for the player in the past.

Pogba has played just eight games this season as he continues to struggle with injury.

It’s the midfielder’s fitness struggles that have caused his value to drop from an estimated £150m.


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United lower Pogba’s price, Barca considers to swap with Coutinho.

despite Chelsea’s lead in bid for Coutinho


Is a return to the Premier League on the cards for Philippe Coutinho?

Things have not worked out for Philippe Coutinho since his big-money exit from Liverpool.

Coutinho failed to establish himself at LaLiga champions Barcelona, while the Brazilian star has struggled to convince during his loan spell with Bayern Munich.

Now, a Premier League club are reportedly ready to hand Coutinho a lifeline.

TOP STORY – CHELSEA LEAD COUTINHO RACE

Chelsea are favourites to bring Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League, according to our reports at AS.

Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in a deal reportedly worth €160million (£151m) in 2018, however, he has not been able to match the lofty heights he reached at Anfield.

The 27-year-old was shipped out to Bundesliga powerhouses Bayern Munich at the start of the season, and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have reportedly sounded out Barca about a transfer.

ROUND-UP: Pogba, Bellingham, Timo Werner

– Where will Paul Pogba be playing in 2020-21? Linked to former club Juventus and Real Madrid, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously insisted the Frenchman will be at Old Trafford next season. However, The Sun says United are now willing to sell Pogba for £100m (€105m).

– United are desperate to beat Borussia Dortmund to Jude Bellingham’s signature. Dortmund are reportedly favourites to sign Birmingham City’s 16-year-old sensation. However, the Mirror claims United are prepared to outlay £30m to sign Bellingham, who toured the club’s training facilities last week.

– Mundo Deportivo claims Barca are considering swap deals to facilitate the signings of Inter forward Lautaro Martinez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar. The report says Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho could be moved on.

– The Athletic says Liverpool are willing to pay RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner’s release clause, but Barca are set to provide competition.

– Chelsea are chasing CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov, reports the Daily Star. Brighton and Hove Albion, West Ham and Crystal Palace are also interested.

– According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Gianluigi Donnarumma is happy to extend his Milan contract but CEO Ivan Gazidis is open to cashing in on the 21-year-old Italy goalkeeper.


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I am curious on how Pogba will link up with Bruno Fernandes – Berbatov.


Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has expressed doubts over Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes playing together in the same midfield.

According to him, both players are too similar in style.


Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford in January and has made instant impact, scoring three times already and providing assists in both the Premier League and Europa League.

Pogba on the other hand, has endured an injury-ravaged season and has not started a game since September.


He was linked with a move away from United, but it is now believed he is likely to remain with the Red Devils.

This might leave manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the task of fitting both he and Fernandes in his team and Berbatov reckons it won’t be easy.


“I don’t know if Fernandes and Pogba can play together,” Berbatov wrote in his Betfair column.

“As a fan of Paul Pogba, I want him to stay at United, I think it would be best for him, but I am curious to see how he will link up with Fernandes.

“Sometimes footballers are too similar to play together.

But I hope that’s not the case here because, with Fernandes and Pogba in the same midfield, United could be a very imaginative team that would surprise opponents next season or even sooner.”


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COVID-19: WHO Chief appreciate Ronaldo, 2 others.


Jurgen Klopp, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba received a message of thanks from World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for “promoting health and protecting people from coronavirus”.

The Ethiopian politician and academic paid tribute to the trio, along with others from the world of sport who have called for individuals to take responsibility for limiting the spread of the pandemic.


Ronaldo posted a message on Twitter in which he urged his followers to “follow the advice of the WHO”, while Klopp told Liverpool supporters to “think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them”.

Pogba told his 39.7 million Instagram followers to “dab to beat coronavirus” – as part of advice to cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than hands – while he also shared WHO resources.


“Thank you Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool FC for your powerful message to the world,” Ghebreyesus wrote on Twitter.

“Put people’s health first, reduce risks, care for the vulnerable and compassion: this is the WHO way.

“We will win the fight against COVID-19 if we are working together.

“The WHO is grateful for the solidarity being shown by Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool FC, Alisson Becker, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, FIFA, Peter Schmeichel, Andrea Radrizzani, Romain Grosjean and others in the world of sport.”


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Paul Pogba set to return to training


The French international, 26, has been sidelined since Dec. 26 as he recovers from surgery on his ankle that followed an injury he first suffered at the end of September.
Pogba has played just eight times for United this season, but his return to competitive football looks to be imminent.

After going through most of his rehabilitation at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex in Dubai, Pogba is back at United’s Carrington training ground. Club doctors are happy with the midfielder’s progress and recovery and have given him the go-ahead to resume training.


Thursday’s FA Cup tie at Derby and next Sunday’s Manchester derby will likely come too soon for him, but Pogba could return to action in the Europa League against LASK Linz on March 12, or three days later at Tottenham.

Sources added that Pogba has closely followed United’s results during his absence and is looking forward to returning and developing a partnership with Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese international has made a huge impact since arriving at the end of January, scoring three goals and adding two assists.


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Pogba admit Liverpool deserves EPL title


Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has confessed that Liverpool deserve every bit of their success this season as they are simply far too good for the rest of the Premier League.

The Reds currently sit 22 points clear at the top of the league table and are now just 12 points away from lifting the title thanks to Monday’s 3-2 win over West Ham United, while United find themselves a whopping 38 points behind in fifth.


Jürgen Klopp’s side have received plenty of praise this year, and Pogba told ESPN that they deserve every bit of that, even if it hurts him as a United player.

“They are so way ahead of everyone else,” he confessed. “They have not lost a single game yet this season in the league. They already have one hand on the Premier League trophy.

“As a Manchester United player and with the rivalry between us, we don’t want them to win the title. We don’t want anyone else to win apart from us, but as a football lover and a respectful player to opposition team, I have to say that they deserve to be where they are today.

“They have been even better than last season when they won the Champions League and the season before when they [lost the final to Real Madrid].”


The rivalry between Liverpool and United goes way back, but the Red Devils always had the edge in the Premier League era. However, while United still have more league titles in the trophy cabinet, the power has certainly shifted over to Merseyside in recent years.

Things have been good for Liverpool this year, but the same cannot be said for Pogba, who has been plagued by an ankle injury all year.

He has managed just eight appearances in all competitions, with his only two assists coming in the first game of the season against Chelsea, and it is currently unknown when he will be ready to make his return to action.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently revealed that Pogba is ‘nowhere near’ being ready to return to training, with the Frenchman seemingly still struggling after undergoing surgery.

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Paul Pogba Isn’t Being Treated Fairly By the Negative Media Narrative Surrounding Him


Paul Pogba Isn’t Being Treated Fairly By the Negative Media Narrative Surrounding Him…


Make no mistake about it, the prevailing narrative around Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba within the traditional British media is negative, portraying the World Cup winner as a work-shy, overpaid, disruptive waste of space who is taking his employers for a ride.

That narrative shapes the majority of stories written about Pogba by the press in this country and has been repeated so many times that many now see it simply it as ‘fact’. It is why Scott McTominay’s absence from a training camp is hardly considered news, but Pogba’s is seismic.


Last month, Sun journalist Neil Custis began an article framed as praise for the character of new United signing Bruno Fernandes with a jibe about Pogba’s attitude.

It focused on a game against Tottenham precisely two years earlier in which the player had seemingly disregarded instructions from manager Jose Mourinho in a United defeat…because there is no chance he could have matured or learned from that in the two full years since.


A week earlier, former Liverpool player Jason McAteer had laid into Pogba on beIN SPORTS, spouting what amounted to a repetition of tired clichés.

“To me, he just upsets the dressing room; he’s got too much of an influence on the younger players. That’s not what you want; you want James Milner and Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana,” said McAteer, taking the chance to also praise his old club.


McAteer doesn’t know Pogba, nor does he have ties to United that would give him that insight. He doesn’t know that Pogba is a bad influence, he just assumes it based on the narrative.

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The problem for Pogba is that negative assumptions about him and his attitude have been able to run wild during his two lengthy absences this season. If United lose while he’s playing, it is fault for not trying, but if they lose while he isn’t it also his fault for not inspiring others.


In early January, Charlie Wyett of The Sun effectively used Harry Maguire’s perhaps ill-advised decision to play through pain while injured as a metaphorical stick to beat Pogba.

In a news piece that should have been about Maguire’s fitness ahead of a crucial game against Norwich, Wyett wrote that ‘Maguire’s attitude is in stark contrast to Paul Pogba’s.’ It was actually noted that Maguire was ‘ignoring medical advice’, which sounds a little cavalier when there are several important months ahead, and yet the implication is that Pogba was at fault.


Pogba is right to be cautious over his fitness and not risk anything. What’s more, his club will know that and will not be encouraging him to take risks when he has already missed so much football. There is simply too much at stake if he cannot get over these problems.

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Having suffered a knock in August, Pogba missed the next two games. He returned to face Rochdale and Arsenal soon after, but was then not seen again until December. It was later reported he feared he may have been playing through an injury and made the problem worse.


When he returned to action in December as a substitute against Watford and later Newcastle, it was again reported that Pogba played through pain. It was said that when he came off the bench in the latter fixture, he was actively trying to prove his commitment to the club.

He had no hesitation when he was needed, despite reservations about his fitness, and was said to be aware of the perceptions about his attitude and so wanted to address that.


Those are not the actions of a work-shy player and perhaps explain why his return now is being so cautiously handled. The last thing that either United or Pogba needs is another setback by trying to do too much too soon. It is not just about this season, but the next few years.

The latest on his future has come from Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star, which framed Pogba’s absence from United’s upcoming winter training camp in Spain as a major transfer update.


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Pogba was described as ‘a step closer’ to leaving because he had been ‘excluded’. It sounds like juicy stuff on the face of it – that’s what they want you to think – but dig deeper and it becomes apparent how little it has to do with the possibility of a transfer.

To link his absence to a transfer is lazy reporting when the Manchester Evening News explained this week that Pogba was never meant to go to Spain because he still isn’t ready to properly train. Scott McTominay hasn’t gone for similar reasons, but his future isn’t under scrutiny.


It’s not a case of Pogba being ‘excluded’ or being told to stay away. The reality is much more mundane. The Sun’s Gary Stonehouse piled in, even acknowledging the fitness aspect and yet still concluding, ‘…his absence does suggest that the star could be edging closer to securing a move away.’ When you’ve literally just explained why that isn’t the case, no, it really doesn’t.

Cross also wrote: “Six weeks after saying Pogba would be out for ‘three to four weeks’ following minor ankle surgery, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has chosen not to include the midfielder in his squad.”


This is certainly weak evidence given that recovery timeframes can change, especially where long-term injury is concerned and caution takes precedence over everything else.

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It would be more suspicious if Pogba suddenly had a mystery back injury. Such ‘injuries’ are known to be popular with players angling for a move as they are hard to pick up on scans, often leaving club medics little choice but to take the player’s word for it.


In that scenario, questions and scrutiny may be warranted. But it isn’t the case here.

What it keeps coming back to is this narrative that Pogba is a problem, and every story and opinion on him is too easily tainted by it. Like anyone else, he should not be immune to criticism where it is justified, but we need to make sure he is treated fairly. Right now, it isn’t happening.


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Pogba Should Leave Manchester United With Immediate Effect


Former Manchester United left-back, Patrice Evra has urged midfielder, Paul Pogba to leave the club immediately in order to end the ‘negativity’ surrounding him at Old Trafford. NobleSport learnt

Evra said this after former Red Devils midfielder, Roy Keane criticised Pogba following Man United’s Premier League 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports, Keane had described Pogba, who did not feature in United’s defeat against Liverpool, as a ‘nuisance’ at Old Trafford.


Keane said: “United over the last year, they will be inconsistent.

“They’re with younger players, they have had injuries. They’ve got Pogba in the background who’s been a nuisance. You’ve got to get rid of these people in your club and that doesn’t happen overnight. Players are running the show.”


Reacting to the development, Evra claimed the 26-year-old France World Cup winner is blamed for the club’s problems whether he is playing or not.

“To be fair, when he’s playing people blame Paul. When he’s not playing, people blame Paul,” Evra told Sky Sports.


“I don’t agree with Roy, but when you are a problem for the club – for example when I kicked the fan in Marseille, the owner and the manager they come and say ‘Patrice, what are we going to do now?’ I say I’m leaving. I don’t want to bring any negativity to the club.

“And right now, maybe it will be time for Paul to leave.

Manchester United’s Midfielder, Paul Pogba


“I remember when it was a big game, Liverpool vs Man United. People were talking more about Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. This is insulting. For the biggest two clubs in the world, we’re talking about one player and one manager.

“I think sometimes it’s time. When you play, they blame you. When you’re not playing they blame you also. I think maybe Paul already said to Man United ‘I want to leave’ and they don’t let him go.”


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After surgery, Pogba speaks from hospital


Injured Manchester United player, Paul Pogba, has taken to social media to let fans know about his state of health after recently undergoing an ankle surgery.

Pogba who has only made eight appearances for Manchester United this season because of the ankle injury, took to Instagram to joke about his state of health.

Speaking on his Instagram stories on Tuesday afternoon, Pogba said: ‘I don’t even know if I’m high or sober, well I don’t look sober.

‘You see my ankle like that, I can’t even feel my toes, but I’m still alive, that’s good news. I’ll keep you updated.’

Pogba added: ‘I’ve still got the smile’.


Looking at two pieces of bread, he said: ‘It’s one thing I don’t understand, what do you want me to do with this?

‘I can drink my pee pee, it looks like apple juice, fresh one.


‘I think people told me that I look drunk. I didn’t drink alcohol, they give me some things on my arm, I don’t know what’s that.

‘I woke up, I couldn’t lift up my leg and I was like ‘where am I, in Manchester? In Paris? In Guinea?’


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