Gossip: Pogba, Lingard’s next moves; Spurs, Arsenal eye Milan star

Ian Watson

Mino Raiola stunned everyone last night with the revelation that Paul Pogba is unhappy at Manchester United. If only he’d said something…

Naturally this morning, thoughts are turning to where next for the France midfielder. And the same old names are coming up.

Raiola has told Tuttosport that Pogba ‘can come back to Juventus’. His former club is one of the two most likely destinations, the other being Real Madrid. And Eurosport are pushing Real as Pogba’s preferred destination, with PSG and Juve ‘the two most likely other landing spots’.

The theme running through all the stories on Pogba’s next move is no one knows yet what United are expecting to claim back on their record signing.

At least Raiola no longer has Jesse Lingard to worry about. The United attacker is said to have parted company with the agent in recent weeks and his new representatives seem to be keeping themselves busy. Which is more than can be said for Lingard.

The former England star needs a move to rebuild his career and it was claimed last week that both Glasgow clubs were sniffing around the 27-year-old. Everton, West Ham and West Brom are also mentioned by The Mirror as possible options.

Sky Sports are pushing a line that Lingard could receive an offer from Real Sociedad to spend the second half of the season in Spain. La Real have been one of the most in-form sides in Europe and currently sit in second place in La Liga. The story goes that Lingard’s new team have already spoken to the Spaniards about a January switch.


A couple of other lines from Old Trafford…

After Kieran Tripper was linked with United on Monday, another Madrid-based right-sider is being mentioned as a possible target as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Lucas Vasquez is approaching the end of his contract at Real and Defansa Central reckon United could lodge an offer worth around £13million in January.

Perhaps Vasquez will pass Sergio Romero as the goalkeeper heads through the Old Trafford exit in January. Having deprived the back-up stopper a move in summer, Football Insider says United will accept just £2million for him next month.

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Away from United, Tottenham’s name keeps coming up in Tuesday morning’s whispers.

According to TodoFichajes, Spurs and PSG are the only sides currently in the frame to take Paulo Dybala off Juventus, despite the Argentina star being hawked around the rest of the big six.

And Spurs are also mentioned as one of the interested parties tracking Franck Kessie. Calciomercato says they and Arsenal are keen on the AC Milan midfielder, though the Serie A leaders will expect at least £45million.

Perhaps Arsenal could use whatever money they save by sending Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce next month. Sport Digitale seems to think that it is ’90 per cent sure’ that the exiled star will move to Turkey when the window opens in the New Year.