Gossip: Pogba gives Man Utd ‘no encouragement’; Kane ‘confident’
Paul Pogba has given Man Utd ‘no encouragement’ he will sign a new deal, while Harry Kane is ‘confident’ Spurs will sell him…
PSG READY TO POUNCE ON POGBA
It is unlikely that Paul Pogba will renew his contract at Man Utd this season amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.
The Frenchman has reportedly rejected the offer of a new £350,000-a-week deal by the Red Devils and PSG are said to be interested in signing him this summer. Pogba has just one year remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford and reports suggest Man Utd would be willing to part with the 28-year-old if they are offered a suitable transfer fee.
The Daily Telegraph claim that Man Utd are ‘anticipating an approach’ from French side PSG before the transfer window closes this summer, while Pogba has given them ‘no encouragement’ that he is ‘prepared to sign a new deal’. His controversial agent, Mino Raiola, has already ‘been in discussions with PSG about personal terms as the French club lay the groundwork for a move’.
The newspaper adds that PSG ‘believe a bid of up to €50m (£43m) for Pogba could be enough to persuade United to sell’ this summer as they risk losing him for free in a year’s time. Man Utd are ‘believed to be in the process of sounding out a number of midfielders but it is unclear at this stage if they plan to sign a direct replacement should Pogba go or use any funds from a prospective sale to bring in a defensive midfielder’.
KANE’S CONFIDENCE BUILDS
Harry Kane thinks Tottenham will sell him this summer as he prepares to elsewhere by the end of the transfer window, according to a report.
A report late on Thursday in The Sun claimed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had performed a U-turn and was now willing to sell Kane to Manchester City for £160m. Not that the report mentioned whether City were prepared to pay that kind of money for the England captain.
It was almost immediately dismissed by reliable journalist David Ornstein, who said that both City and Spurs had been taken “a little bit by surprise” by the report.
However, The Times are here with the latest on Saturday, claiming that Kane ‘believes’ Tottenham are ‘are willing to sell him this summer in what he considers to be a shift in the club’s position’. Spurs have apparently valued Kane at £150m, with City the only serious contenders for his signature, but ‘at this point they will not meet Tottenham’s valuation’.
Spurs ‘say their position is unchanged’ but Kane ‘believes that the club have changed their mind in recent weeks and warmed to the idea of letting him go, as they try to raise funds to rebuild the squad’.
AND THE REST…
Inter Milan are demanding at least £102.5m from Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku if the Blues are unable to sign Erling Haaland…Manchester City have reached an agreement with Jack Grealish and are ready to offer Aston Villa £90m for the England midfielder…Kylian Mbappe has told PSG he does not intend to sign an extension to his contract, which runs to 2022, and wants to leave the club this summer or next…Arsenal will not be offering a new contract to Alexandre Lacazette and are inviting bids of about £15m for their former record signing to help fund a move for Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham.