Paper Round: Pogba to force January move to Juventus

Paper Round: Pogba to force January move to Juventus
Paper Round: Pogba to force January move to Juventus

Pogba wants January exit

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pobga does not want to wait until the end of the season to leave the club. His relationship with current boss Jose Mourinho is so poor that he will attempt to force through a move to current Italian champions Juventus, where he played after leaving United the first time. The big question is if the Italian club are able to afford the transfer fee.

Jose Mourinho speaks to Paul PogbaReuters

Paper Round’s view: Pogba will almost certainly not be sold in the winter, and not because Mourinho wants to keep him. He will not leave unless Ed Woodward can replace him with a sponsor-friendly player, and those kinds of transfer are easier to complete in the summer. By that time, Zinedine Zidane could well be in place at Old Trafford, which might see Pogba happy to stay at Old Trafford on a new bumper contract.

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Mourinho rejected chance to sign Ronaldo

Mourinho might be the reason for Pogba to leave the club, but it also appears that he is the cause for United not signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Woodward wanted to sign Ronaldo when the 33-year-old became available, but the Portuguese manager wanted to keep the money back for defensive recruits which the club failed to deliver.

Juventus' Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic, Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus' Brazilian forward Douglas Costa celebrate their team's victory at the end of the Italian Serie A football match Parma vs Juventus on September 1, 2018Getty Images

Paper Round’s view: In retrospect, Mourinho would surely have accepted Ronaldo’s transfer if he knew that it was not a choice of defenders or Ronaldo, but Ronaldo or nothing. United’s season has started with obvious defensive weakness, and if there is another mistake against Burnley then this could be it for the manager. Having seen how Woodward treats his coaches, it is hard to see who might want to take over.

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Neymar considers London switch

Neymar is considering a move to the Premier League. He has previously said that he would want to work under Manchester City’s boss, Pep Guardiola, but it turns out that a move to either City or United is unlikely. The Brazilian international reportedly much prefers London, and has been there several times over the last year - and has even started learning English. That makes a move to Arsenal or Chelsea much more likely. However, there is just as much chance that he will sign a huge new deal at PSG or move back to Spain with Real Madrid or former club Barcelona.

Neymar lors de Nîmes - PSG / Ligue 1Getty Images

Paper Round’s view: Once you’ve earned a certain amount of money, some cities start to blend into the same experience, offering the same people in vaguely different scenarios. London is a popular place for the super rich though, in a way Paris isn’t, so perhaps Neymar would be more comfortable in England to enjoy the nightlife.

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Dembele tempted by Chinese move

Tottenham Hotspur might not have added to their squad in the summer transfer window, but they could soon lose a player instead. Mousa Dembele has been offered £192,000 a week to move to Beijing Guoan in January. The 31-year-old has refused to sign a new deal with Mauricio Pochettino’s club, and can sign a pre-contract at the turn of the year. The Chinese club will offer between £8m and £10m for Dembele.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele (R) vies with Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (L) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on AprilReuters

Paper Round’s view: Dembele has been linked with a move to China for some time now, and at 31 it would give him the chance to wind down in a less physically demanding environment. Not only that, but earning around £10m a year for a few years would set him up for the rest of his life. The problem for Spurs is whether they think they could find a suitable replacement for the money, having failed to do so this summer.

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