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Man United star Paul Pogba ‘decides he will let his contract run down’ in huge transfer blow

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will reportedly allow his contract to run down and make a decision on his future next summer in a huge blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

Talks over a fresh deal have seemingly stalled and for free given that he was signed for around £85million five years ago, and discussion will likely continue.

However, ESPN report that Pogba is likely to see out the remainder of his contract and will choose his next move in the summer of 2022. 

Staying at Old Trafford remains a possibility but there are several clubs who are interested in taking the 28-year-old.  

His former club Juventus, from whom United signed him in 2016, are widely believed to be keen on a return.  

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Speculative rumours linked Pogba with a swap deal including Juve forward Cristiano Ronaldo, which would seal a sensational return to United for the latter. 

Ronaldo’s future at the Serie A club was uncertain after a disappointing campaign but rumours of his departure have since simmered.  

There are very few clubs worldwide who could afford to sign the 36-year-old, who, like Pogba, has a year remaining on his contract and earns in excess of £350,000 per week.  

It means that Pogba could instead choose to sign for Juventus when he is allowed to speak to foreign clubs in January.  

Pogba has been a regular starter for United since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2019 and his interest in a departure is not believed to be as strong as it was two years ago.

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He played 42 times last season and 26 of those came in the club’s Premier League campaign, which saw them finish second behind rivals Manchester City.  

However, a 12-point gap has prompted Solskjaer to improve his squad this summer and Pogba might be enamoured by the arrivals of a few high-profile stars. 

United are set to announce the arrival of Jadon Sancho this week after a long-term pursuit of the England winger was finally concluded with a huge £73m transfer.  

A medical and the final touches on personal terms are the only parts of the deal that need to be completed. 

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Solskjaer is also believed to want a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire after having his side’s defensive frailties exposed without the Three Lions international in the final weeks of the season.  

Neither Victor Lindelof nor Eric Bailly suitably convinced Solskjaer that they can be Maguire’s long-term sidekick and alternative arrangements are being made.  

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is widely reported to be top of United’s wish list and a £50m move is understood to be moving along well.  

Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier has also been suggested as a possible target as Solskjaer seeks competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report

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As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m

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Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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