Latest updates suggest that the reason for the delays in completing a move for Paul Pogba are in fact his agent, Mino Raiola. Marca claim that the only factor still to be agreed in the transfer is who will pay the 25% of the transfer which is agents fees, believed to be anything up to around £20 million.
Manchester United want Juventus to pay at least part of the fees, whilst the Turin club are refusing to pay a penny of the fee, demanding that it is the Red Devils who pay the full fee. Personal terms and a fee with Juve have already been agreed, but the Italians believe that Manchester United are more desperate than themselves to complete the deal quickly, so are prepared to hold out for them to pay the full fee.
With Pogba set to earn around £200,000 a week, the deal is the possibly the biggest ever in world football and is a major statement from the Europa League club. It would be the peak of a summer of big spending by Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward, though it remains to be seen if that will convert into improved results on the field in the 2016/17 season.
However, the Sun claim that a deal for PSG star Blaise Matuidi will still be on regardless of the outcome of the Pogba saga. PSG boss Unai Emery has said that he will not stand in the way of the Frenchman’s departure, with the midfielder reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League and United content to fork out for both Pogba and Matuidi to have a French duo in central midfield.
With Matuidi said to be earning £170,000 a week at PSG, and his wages having to be matched by Manchester United to bring him to Old Trafford, it is hard to see how such a deal could be completed before existing players are sold. With Bastian Schweinsteiger among those said to be on his way out, United will be trying to rush through these exits in order to finance moves for the French duo.
Another major transfer could be underway, with Leonardo Bonucci another target for Jose Mourinho and co. at Old Trafford according to the Manchester Evening News. Mourinho is said to have demanded another defender, and with Aymeric Laporte having recently signed a new deal at Athletic Bilbao, John Stones seemingly bound to join the blue half of the city and Raphael Varane keen to stay in Madrid, Bonucci has shot to the head of the list of targets for the area.
Bonucci would bring some much needed experience to one of the youngest United back lines in decades, and would certainly bring leadership to the fold where it was lacking last season when Chris Smalling was often the most experienced centre back on the field of play. A typical Mourinho player who will fight until the very end, Bonucci may be hard to get with stiff competition chasing him in Chelsea and Manchester City, but if he can be lured to the Theatre of Dreams it would be worthwhile.
The news comes as reports from Rome that another target, Kostas Manolas, is set to stay at AS Roma and is happy at the club, say Metro. The 24 year old Greek defender was said to be attracting interest from the Premier League but now looks as if he is more likely to sign a new deal in Italy, though that may well have been the motivation behind the speculation all along.
Two youngsters are also set to leave the club to join forces with former Red Devils. Now Reading manager Jaap Stam is hoping to sign Tyler Blackett according to getreading, while former boss David Moyes is keen on a reunion with young midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who is nearing the exit claim the Independent.
Neither seems to have much of a future at the club, and whilst Januzaj’s move is rumoured to be a loan move at first, a permanent one may follow in the near future as doubts surround his attitude. Blackett’s departure also seems inevitable, after a breakthrough in Louis Van Gaal’s debut season, as he failed to nail down a first team spot last season and Jose Mourinho brings in a number of defensive reinforcements.
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