The saga of the summer is one that keeps on dragging on and stalling, but the latest development in the Paul Pogba move is a shock, as reports in the Manchester Evening News claim that Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, has cancelled the medical after the deal hit a hitch as the three parties debate who will pay the agent’s fee. A medical had been booked in for this week in the United States, where Pogba is on holiday, and the doctor was due to return early from holiday to complete the medical, but the agent has contacted him to tell him not to return early as any deal looks unlikely to be completed this week.
The saga is dragging on, and some fans are beginning to feel frustrated that the player is not showing more desire to force the move through, whilst many feel that Mino Raiola is taking the club for a ride. The sooner the deal is concluded, or abandoned if necessary, the better for the Reds as they prepare for the coming season.
Another deal could well be in the offing too, with the local paper also claiming that the club is preparing a £27 million offer for Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus. The 19-year-old has scored 13 in 23 in the 2016 season in Brazil for Palmeiras and is being chased by most of Europe’s biggest clubs, including United’s city rivals.
The youngster can play on the left as well as centrally, so would bring a bag of qualities similar to local lad Marcus Rashford, and could well join forces with the Englishman to lead the United line in years to come. Labelled the “new Neymar”, Ed Woodward certainly seems to be looking forward to the future by securing the stars of tomorrow today.
There is also said to be an interest in Nemanja Matic, though Antonio Conte has spoken to try to put an end to speculation after Juvenuts were said to be preparing a £30 million bid for the Serbian, claim the Express. Mourinho was said to be keen on a reunion with the midfielder, who he previously signed for Chelsea, earlier in the summer.
Matic could fit well into the midfield should the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger head for the exit door, but Chelsea would be unlikely to want to sell to their Premier League rivals. With interest from Juventus, ironically funded by the money from the Paul Pogba deal if they did make a bid, Chelsea would undoubtedly prefer to point Matic in their direction if they are prepared to allow him to leave.
The Red Devils may have more luck in their move for Blaise Matuidi, with his club telling him that he is free to leave Paris, but the Express have reported that the odds of the 29 year old moving to Manchester are falling, as yet again Italian giants Juventus are monitoring his situation, with him also having a price tag of around £30 million.
For United, it is unfortunate that they are looking for two midfielders, and by buying one they are effectively financing one of Europe’s biggest clubs to rival them in bids for any others. Either way, they are likely to have more success in their pursuit of Blaise Matuidi than the move for Matic, though both would fit the profile demanded by Jose Mourinho.
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