There has been little movement in the transfer market for Manchester United since the signing of Eric Bailly, despite continual stories suggesting deals are close at Old Trafford. In today’s round-up, we turn our attention to the club’s search for a central midfielder, with updates regarding links to Paul Pogba and Andre Gomes.
First up, according to reports in Italy, Juventus will not sell Paul Pogba to Manchester United this summer for any price. Indeed, Tuttosport, via the Manchester Evening News, claim any approach for the French international will be rejected, with the Italian champions intent on retain his services beyond the upcoming transfer window.
Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of the former Red Devils’ midfielder’s talents, having tried to sign him when he was Chelsea manager last summer and was thought to have placed him top of his list of targets as soon as he took over at Old Trafford.
However, the Frenchman has hardly impressed at Euro 2016 this summer and quite rightly, question marks have been raised over his ability. As such, supporters of Manchester United will also harbour concerns regarding his worth – especially considering he was once among the club’s youth ranks.
There has been talk of United lodging a bid of close to £100 million in an attempt to land his signature, but his current club are set to dig their heels in and keep their star man for at least another year, which would mean Mourinho is left to look elsewhere.
Contrary to reports in Italy, Spain newspaper AS are this morning saying that United are set to meet the French international’s agent, Mino Raiola, about the possibility of bringing the midfielder back to Old Trafford.
Furthermore, allegedly Raiola has already spoken to Juventus about their plans for the 23-year-old this summer.
One has to take into account the motivation of the publications in question:
For AS, who have historically align themselves with Real Madrid, there is little benefit in reporting news that could see the club miss out one of their key targets this summer.
Meanwhile, Tuttosport, a Turin based publication, will naturally align themselves with Juventus Football Club – hence any attempt to quash speculation regarding their star man’s departure.
This perhaps suggests that a move for the French international is not dead in the water, after all.
Meanwhile, amid mixed reports regarding the future of Pogba, there are suggestions that the Red Devils already have a deal in place to sign Andre Gomes.
Tuttosport, via the Manchester Evening News, claim Juventus have made an offer of £31 million for the Portugal international, which Valencia have turned down, leading to speculation United have already agreed a deal.
The Valencia man, currently at Euro 2016 with Portugal, has been watched extensively by United scouts and would appear a good fit for the club as they look to revitalise their squad.
However, somewhat worryingly for the Old Trafford faithful, he is another who has failed to hit the ground running in France this summer.
Finally, German newspaper Bild, who have positive links with Borussia Dortmund, are treating Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s proposed move to United as a done deal. They are reporting that the fee could be as much as £33million and that Dortmund are already looking for a replacement.
The Armenian international will be a huge coup for the Old Trafford outfit and fans will surely be impressed with the early signs the club are showing in the transfer market. For a player who could have required a much larger fee, his capture has to be considered a significant coup.
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