IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU
It looks like Manchester United will have a rather large decision to make pretty soon. The Sun on Sunday are reporting that Paul Pogba ‘is ready to quit’ the club if Jose Mourinho remains manager this summer.
Mourinho signed a new contract earlier this season, extending his Old Trafford stay until 2020. But his relationship with Pogba has deteriorated dramatically even since then, and their differences appear to be irreconcilable.
Mike McGrath claims that their relationship has ‘reached breaking point’, and agent Mino Raiola is talking with Real Madrid. Juventus also have a reported £53million buy-back clause.
“Things are at an all-time low between them. Paul has made it clear he doesn’t want to be there if Mourinho is,” a United source is reported to have said.
As much as it hurts, let’s stick with The Sun. Their United source has certainly been chatting this weekend, because they now inform us that David de Gea ‘is demanding’ a £350,000-a-week contract to stay.
De Gea is still a target for Real Madrid, but has intimated recently that he would have no qualms remaining in Manchester. The club, for their part, must be desperate to keep him, as he continues to save them with alarming regularity.
De Gea’s current contract is worth £180,000 a week, and he has seen Pogba and Alexis Sanchez join for bigger wages since he signed that extension. He now wants £350,000 a week as the Spaniard ‘wants to be paid fairly but will not demand more’ than those two players. This ‘demand’ already sounds more like a fair request.
The Sun also say Sanchez’s United wage is £505,000 a week. It isn’t.
MALCOM MIDDLE ETC ETC
‘Bayern Munich move ahead in race to sign Bordeaux’s Brazilian sensation Malcom – pipping Arsenal and Tottenham,’ reads the headline on the Sunday Mirror website. Those poor north London buggers.
It is reported that Bayern have intensified their interest in the winger as they begin plans to replace Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. Arsenal and Tottenham, having signed other players in his position in the winter after failing to get him, probably aren’t that bothered.
AND THE REST
Paris St-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar, 26, has told Real Madrid he wants more money than the Spanish club’s 33-year-old Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo in order to seal a move to the Bernabeu… Manchester United are among the top clubs monitoring Lazio’s 22-year-old Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is rated at £80m.