Are Manchester United about to make Paul Pogba the highest-paid player in the Premier League?
POGBA DEAL CONFUSION
The Paul Pogba situation is coming to a head. The Sun claim that Manchester United ‘plan to make Paul Pogba the highest-paid player in the Premier League with a new £104MILLION deal’, which equates to £400,000 a week over the next five years. That is officially a f***-load of money. Quite what he has done to deserve such a massive wage hike is unclear but we suspect it is more connected to marketing than performances.
Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper AS say that reports ‘sources very close’ to the France international (with the initials MR?) have told them that he would be ‘delighted’ if he could sign the last major contract of his career with Real Madrid. Whatever happens, he is going to end up in clover.
SANCHO PRICE NAMED
We feel like we might have been here before but talkSPORT understands that ‘Manchester United have been handed an ultimatum by Borussia Dortmund regarding the potential transfer of Jadon Sancho‘. And that ultimatum is a price that they must match, which sounds like every transfer ever, but there you go.
That price is said to be £77m plus add-ons and the deadline is said to be July 23, when Dortmund return to pre-season training. That is a massive discount on the £100m-plus price tag of last summer so it should be easy to match. But this is Manchester United so they will probably drag things out until July 21 with increments of £4.27.
Arsenal are keen on Real Betis and Argentina defensive midfielder Guido Rodriguez, according to Marca. But do you want the bad news? He has a release clause of almost £70m and has three years left on his current contract so he will not come cheap.
But according t0 the Daily Mail, the Gunners want to replace Swiss international Granit Xhaka with Anderlecht’s 21-year-old Albert Sambi Lokonga, but have had an initial bid of around £13.5m rejected. Does it sound like they are about to pay £70m for a 27-year-old? Selling Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira will not raise those kind of funds.