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Barcelona closing in on signing Manchester United Midfielder

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Manchester United are reportedly closing in on securing the services of Paul Pogba, but Xavi is not keen on having the Manchester United midfielder in his squad.

According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Paul Pogba has taken a step closer to joining Barcelona on a Bosman move in next summer’s transfer window.

However, Xavi does not want the Manchester United midfielder in his squad, even as president Joan Laporta looks to engineer a deal.

is currently in his second spell with Manchester United, having returned to the club from Juventus in August 2016 in a then-world record outlay. However, five years since his glorious return, the 28-year-old has not justified the enormous expenditure on him, blowing hot and cold at an alarming rate.

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The same holds for the ongoing season, as after a brilliant start to the campaign, he has gone completely off the boil, although he still has a fantastic tally of seven goals in 13 appearances.

However, Manchester United are set to lose Pogba as a free agent next summer, with developments on the contract renewal front completely stalled.

There were brief rumours that Pogba was willing to extend his contract with Manchester United. However, the Red Devils’ recent struggles have ended such suggestions, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner now keen on a departure. And he has no shortage of suitors, with several clubs across Europe, including Barcelona, have shown an interest in him.

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The interest from Barcelona makes sense, considering they chose not to fill the spots left vacant by the departures of Ilaix Moriba and Miralem Pjanic.

While Gavi and Nico Gonzalez have largely been impressive, much like Pedri last season, an experienced head could be the need of the hour for the Blaugrana.

The Manchester United contract rebel would be able to join Barcelona on a Bosman move, which further makes him an appealing target for Joan Laporta, who has been looking to engineer free transfer deals for the most part because of the club’s financial woes.

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And Laporta’s strong relations with his agent Mino Raiola have brought him closer to securing his services.

However, Xavi is not keen on having Pogba in his squad. The Barcelona manager believes he has plenty of options at his disposal in addition to the promising young midfielders like Aleix Garrido and Txus Alba, who are waiting in the wings.

So, it remains to be seen if Barcelona will end their interest in Pogba due to Xavi’s stance and what that means for the Manchester United midfielder.

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Man Utd ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades – AS

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

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The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

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AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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At Old Trafford, Ten Hag does not have a specialist holding midfield star and someone like Casemiro will largely improve the squad. However, the question is, should Man Utd spend £68million to sign a player who will turn 31 next year?

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Charlie McNeill called up to Manchester United first team training

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Erik ten Hag has called up Charlie McNeill to first team training, with the young striker pictured in training on Wednesday.

The call up is a great way for McNeill to make an impression on the Manchester United manager, amid a tricky start to the season.

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McNeill was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly in at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.

This was the closest the young striker has come to the first team, and he was back with the under-21s to start the season

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McNeill was a substitute in United’s most recent under-21 fixture, with Spanish striker Mateo Mejia preferred.

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But it was McNeill who got the nod to join Erik ten Hag’s most recent training session, where he was pictured alongsie Christian Eriksen, James Garner, Scott McTominay and Tyrell Malacia

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Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante: Chelsea injury news and expected return dates before Leeds United

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Chelsea take on Leeds United on Sunday afternoon in a highly-anticipated Premier League bout at Elland Road.

The Blues have endured a turbulent start to the Premier League season; Thomas Tuchel’s side kicked off the new campaign with a 1-0 win over Everton despite a somewhat unconvincing performance,

before welcoming Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge, where an impressive display was dampened by a controversial stoppage-time equaliser.

Now, the west Londoners will be looking to translate a good performance into three points. So, with that in mind, here’s all the latest Chelsea injury news for Tuchel to contend with.

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Now, the west Londoners will be looking to translate a good performance into three points. So, with that in mind, here’s all the latest Chelsea injury news for Tuchel to contend with.

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One player that Tuchel won’t have at his disposal is central midfielder Kovacic, who is suffering from a slight knee issue at this moment in time

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What Tuchel said: “[Kovacic] has issues with his knee, always a little bit of a reaction. We decided to take a step back and increase treatment time to reduce the stress that comes from training to have a normal reaction before we start again. Everybody else is available

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