Gossip: Pogba, Cheryshev and Townsend

Date published: Saturday 5th September 2015 10:50

Paul Pogba turned down Chelsea after £62m fee agreed, Everton made late move for Real Madrid’s £147m man Denis Cheryshev, Andros Townsend to leave Spurs because he only plays for England…


This is pretty fascinating. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Paul Pogba turned down Chelsea this summer after Juventus agreed to sell him in a £62m deal that would have seen Oscar move the other way. Pogba was offered wages of £167,000 a week but chose instead to spend at least one more year with the Italian club.

L’Equipe have added their deux centimes and claim that Jose Mourinho personally called the Frenchman in an attempt to lure him to Chelsea but was given a firm ‘non’. There is a strong suspicion that Pogba will spend one more season with the Bianconeri and will then join Barcelona.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been pretty clear all summer about his need for a No. 10 to challenge Ross Barkley for that position, and the Daily Star now claim that he made a late loan move for Real Madrid’s Denis Cheryshev, who has not played a single La Liga match for Real despite being a Russian international. Despite previous loan moves to Sevilla and Villarreal, Real blocked a potential move to Everton.

Cheryshev famously has a £147m buy-out clause and he told AS: “[The clause is] what the club decided. No doubt Real Madrid don’t want anyone to sign me. There was interest and proposals to take me on loan, but Real Madrid didn’t want to let me go.”

‘Andros Townsend fears he might have to quit Tottenham in January to safeguard his Euro 2016 place,’ says the Daily Mirror. Surely he need not worry as his England place appears to be assured even while Mauricio Pochettino refuses to even put him on the bench at Tottenham? Apparently he was offered to West Brom as part of the Saido Berahino deal, while Aston Villa, Sunderland and Leicester all asked about the winger. The price? £15m. Oh Daniel Levy.

Nottingham Forest hope to complete the loan signing of Crystal Palace’s Wales midfielder Jonny William – not included in Palace’s 25-man PL squad…Victor Valdes is unlikely to play for Manchester United again…Dionatan Teixeira is set for a loan out of Stoke…Southampton could terminate the contract of record signing Gaston Ramirez…Mathieu Debuchy has admitted that he considered leaving Arsenal after losing his place to Hector Bellerin.

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