Those claims that Paul Pogba wanted to double his current £300,000-a-week wages at Manchester United always seemed rather fanciful. They came from Tuttosport for a start, reporting on a French player at an English club, wanted by a Spanish one – albeit with a troublesome Italian-born Dutch agent.
Surely Mino Raiola is not responsible for this?!?!?! Whatever next?
The Sunday Mirror are here to debunk the theory. United have ‘denied’ the player ‘is holding them to ransom,’ that ‘no formal talks have yet taken place’ and that they do not ‘feel under any time pressure’ to get a deal done.
Indeed, the two parties have ‘not even spoken about the details of a new deal’. But Tuttosport were so insistent…
The Mirror quote ‘an Old Trafford insider’ with the following:
“Pogba’s only focus right now is trying to be fit to help his team-mates.
“Reports of him demanding £600,000-a-week to stay aren’t true. Paul has two years left on his contract so time is on our side in terms of discussions on a new deal.
“The club made it clear in the summer that we want Paul at United and that remains the case.”
So that’s that.
United and James Maddison are not mentioned in The Sun on Sunday’s update on Ben Chilwell’s future. But a) we need the clicks, and b) it does seem as though it would impact any planned move. But mainly we need the clicks.
Their story is that both Chelsea and Manchester City will lodge ‘major bids’ for the left-back in the summer, with Leicester already scouting for a replacement.
Chilwell is seen ‘as a long-term solution at left-back by Chelsea,’ while City ‘looked at’ him a few months ago before letting Oleksandr Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy have another season there together. Chilwell’s pace, in particular, is said to be a selling point for both clubs.
But if Leicester let him go, surely Maddison won’t follow in the same transfer window? This is not a side that vultures tend to feast on merrily: even in the summer they won the league, only N’Golo Kante was sold. In 2017 it was Danny Drinkwater, with Riyad Mahrez’s turn following a year later. Harry Maguire was the only player sold for more than £1m this summer.
So if Chilwell leaves, Maddison surely does not. Or Brendan rips it all up and signs Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic.
AND THE REST
Arsenal will challenge AC Milan for 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen, and are prepared to offer 56m euros (£50m) for the Dutchman… Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is interested in Brentford striker Ollie Watkins and will bid about £15m for the 23-year-old Englishman… The agent of Tottenham Hotspur and South Korea forward Son Heung-min, 27, has refused to rule out a future move to Italian side Napoli.