ANY LIFE IN THE OLD POG?
There will be quite a queue for the services of Paul Pogba this summer but suitors will apparently be told by Juventus that he will come at a pretty price - £60m. The Sunday Express claim that Louis van Gaal is interested (why wouldn't he be?), while the player himself is apparently keen to move back to England to be closer to his brother Mathias, currently at League One Crewe.
Sticking with Juventus and some quotes from Van Gaal about Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal - "I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus" - have got some people a tad excited.
Elsewhere, the Sunday Mirror claim that United are close to a £25m 'swoop' for Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller. It seems very unlikely that he would forego Champions League football to us, but...we're just here to relay this nonsense.
ARSENAL EYE CHAMBERS
Arsenal could solve their right-back problem with a young Englishman, according to the Sunday People. That young Englishman is Calum Chambers, the 19-year-old who shared right-back duties with Nathaniel Clyne at Southampton last season. The Gunners have been watching Chambers in action for England's Under-19 side and could make a move.
According to The People: 'He signed a four-year deal last summer so the fee will be substantial but not in the same league as the £27million being paid by Manchester United for Luke Shaw.'
CITY MOVE FOR PEPE
Well, well. The Daily Star Sunday are claiming this as an exclusive - it's the 'news' that Manchester City will turn to Pepe to partner Vincent Kompany at Manchester City. Are we supposed to believe that they would pay £25m for a 31-year-old? We're not buying this at all but the report claims that Manuel Pellegrini has been 'forced to have a major transfer rethink after ﬁrst choice, Porto's £35m-rated Eliaquim Mangala, turned his back on the English champions' while 'City also considered switching their attention to Mehdi Benatia, 27, who has been valued at a ridiculous £50m by Roma and is not keen to do a deal'.
Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels is also mentioned, and that sounds a whole lot more sensible to us.
AND THE REST
QPR and Stoke are ready to battle Everton for midfielder Gareth Barry, 33, who is available after being released by Manchester City...Manchester United have been quoted a 'staggering' £60million by Juventus if they want to re-sign Paul Pogba...Former England international Joe Cole is wanted in the MLS after leaving West Ham United...Cardiff are considering a move to bring Danny Gabbidon back to the club after the defender was released by Crystal Palace...
...Queens Park Rangers are trying to beat Arsenal to the signing of Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier...Everton have made an enquiry for Real Sociedad midfielder Ruben Pardo and are also interested in Nancy's Jeff Louis...Arsenal have offered £1m for Paris St Germain's teenage winger Kingsley Coman...New Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is interested in Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili...Crystal Palace, Leicester, Stoke and Swansea are all keen to sign Manchester City youngster Emyr Huws on loan...Didier Drogba is being lined up to return to Chelsea after the World Cup, initially as a player and then in a coaching role...
...Newcastle have joined the chase to sign Hull City captain Curtis Davies, with Sunderland and Everton both ready to pay £8m for the defender...Arsenal could make a move for 25-year-old Nice goalkeeper David Ospina, depending on his World Cup displays with Colombia...Keeper Hugo Lloris will keep Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino waiting until after the World Cup before deciding whether to commit to stay at Spurs...Everton will take England international winger Adam Johnson, 26, from Sunderland - but only on a season's loan...
...Striker Jermain Defoe will return to the Premier League next season from Toronto FC - joining up once more with Harry Redknapp at QPR...Tottenham want £6.5m from Hull for midfielder Jake Livermore who was on loan at the Tigers last season...Spurs are chasing Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, but any deal could hinge on the future of the Belgian's team-mate Miranda...Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is ready to sign a lucrative new contract...Norwich City are set to make a move for Leeds captain Ross McCormack if they fail to sign Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes...Arsenal hope to re-sign winger Carlos Vela, 25, from Real Sociedad in a £3.25m deal...
...Stoke are interested in signing 32-year-old Norweigan central defender Brede Hangeland, who was released last week by relegated Fulham...West Ham have made a £6.8million bid for Red Bull Salzburg winger Sadio Mane...Newcastle are in talks to sign Sevilla winger Diego Perotti, who is available for £3.5m...Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, 45, has emerged as a strong contender for the West Brom managerial job.
Pogba bought for £60m and Fellaini sold for a loss of £12.5 would be an expensive way of sorting out the midfield! That's a net loss of over £70m. If that happens Woodward is trying to bankrupt his bosses.- redbornandbred