EVERY POG HAS ITS DAY
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‘Paul winks to Guardiola, knowing that Mourinho and Zidane did not lose sight of.’
That’s the opening line of a report in Gazzetta Dello Sport on the back of Paul Pogba’s fawning quotes about Pep Guardiola. The crux of the story is that Pogba is very much keeping his options open – knowing that Manchester City would love him at the Etihad (though reports in Spain suggest Toni Kroos could be Guardiola’s chosen replacement for the surely outgoing Yaya Toure), while Jose Mourinho would love him at Manchester United if he takes over there. Meanwhile, there is always Real Madrid, and the Italians tell us that ‘Zizou will do the crazy to take him to the Bernabeu’. And so he should.
DOUGLAS COSTA TO CITY?
Never mind the supposed agreement not to take any Bayern Munich players with him to Manchester City, there are reports in Brazil suggesting that Pep Guardiola will attempt to take Douglas Costa with him to the Etihad. Costa cost £21m last summer from Shaktar Donetsk and has been Bayern’s most impressive performer, creating chance after chance from the left wing. Bad luck Raheem Sterling.
Globoesporte admit that Bayern would be reluctant to allow Costa to leave. Damn right they will. No player in the Bundesliga has notched more assists this season.
WHO DOES SIMEONE WANT AT CHELSEA?
Guus Hiddink says that the rebuild at Chelsea is “not a small job” and the talk from Spain is that Diego Simeone has already identified Ivan Rakitic has a solution in central midfield if he leaves Atletico Madrid for Stamford Bridge. Which is all very well, but would Barcelona sell a player who has featured in 23 of 24 La Liga games this season? Other names mentioned as potential Simeone targets are Marco Reus and Edinson Cavani. Wow. Now that trio would certainly make Chelsea contenders again.