Pogba out, Tchouameni in? Barcelona provided Man United midfielder – ESPN India

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Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future is shrouded in thriller — ESPN’s Insider Pocket book has the newest. PLUS: United might have discovered their substitute.

Soar to: Tchouameni a man in demand | Sterling at City crossroads | Barca’s Ilaix fear | Jese’s freak injury | Fenerbahce’s transfer blunder

Barcelona step in as Pogba’s future takes new twist

Barcelona are the newest membership to have been provided Manchester United‘s Paul Pogba on a free switch subsequent summer time, sources informed ESPN.

Pogba, 28, is out of contract at Outdated Trafford on the finish of the season and his agent, Mino Raiola, is sounding out a few of Europe’s heavyweights with a view to discovering a brand new membership for the midfielder. Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and several other Premier League golf equipment have additionally been approached concerning Pogba, who can start negotiations from Jan. 1.

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Pogba has made no choice on his future and has not dominated out extending his keep at United, though he’s additionally going to discover what different choices he has out there to him. Barca would think about signing the France worldwide on a free switch as they appear to rebuild their squad underneath new president Joan Laporta.

Nevertheless, whereas there would technically be no payment concerned, the Catalan membership are not sure whether or not, of their monetary place, they might be capable of afford the fee Raiola would demand. Barcelona’s gross debt stands at €1.4 billion. There are additionally doubts about whether or not Pogba would match into the membership’s new wage construction at a time when a number of the group’s greatest earners are being requested to take pay cuts.

Laporta revealed not too long ago that salaries and amortisation funds nonetheless account for round 80% of the anticipated income of €765m for the season. The league’s financial controls demand that determine is round 70%, though Barca’s is even decrease this season as they need to make amends for current losses. — Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens

Tchouameni: Pogba’s substitute?

Transfer over Pogba: Aurelien Tchouameni is the identify on everybody’s lips for the time being. Scouts from Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have all watched the Monaco midfielder in motion this season because the race hots as much as land considered one of Europe’s high prospects.

Sources informed ESPN a payment between €50m and €60m can be wanted so as to convey Monaco to the negotiating desk, with Tchouameni on United’s radar in the event that they fail to agree a brand new deal for Pogba. Chelsea have additionally registered an curiosity within the 21-year-old prior to now, and the Champions League winners are on good phrases with the participant’s agent Jonathan Kebe, who additionally represents Sevilla‘s Jules Kounde. Chelsea tried to land Kounde final summer time however didn’t agree a deal for the centre-back.

– Laurens: France are back on track

Tchouameni, 21, has 5 caps for France and was excellent of their Nations League ultimate win over Spain. He additionally shone on his full worldwide debut final month in opposition to Bosnia, and has loved a stellar begin to the Ligue 1 season, on the again of a formidable marketing campaign final yr.

He has improved loads underneath coach Niko Kovac, since shifting from Bordeaux to the Principality for €18m in January 2020. Monaco believed they might obtain gives final summer time however Europe’s heavyweights turned their attentions elsewhere. Nevertheless, given Tchouameni’s type, the Ligue 1 aspect are making ready for a wave of bids for his or her in-demand star. — Julien Laurens



Julien Laurens explains why there’s loads of Premier League curiosity for midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.

Sterling to struggle for Metropolis place earlier than sorting future

Raheem Sterling is eager to concentrate on successful again his place at Manchester City earlier than deciding whether or not or to not lengthen his keep on the Etihad Stadium, sources informed ESPN.

Sterling has a contract till 2023 and though Metropolis wish to agree a brand new long-term deal, the England worldwide will first guarantee he’ll play a key function for the membership sooner or later. The 26-year-old has received three Premier League titles since arriving from Liverpool in 2015 however has discovered few alternatives after falling out of favour with supervisor Pep Guardiola, beginning two of Metropolis’s seven Premier League video games to date this season.

Sources informed ESPN that Metropolis’s employees have been impressed by the way in which Sterling has labored in coaching to adapt to a brand new No.9 function following the departure of Sergio Aguero and the summer time signing of Jack Grealish. He received plaudits within the function in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain, regardless of Metropolis falling to a 2-0 defeat.

Sterling hinted at his unhappiness with his lack of playing time on Thursday when he stated he may search to maneuver if issues do not enhance, and whereas he recommended he can be open to enjoying overseas, sources informed ESPN he has not decided over his subsequent vacation spot.

Ought to Sterling resolve his future lies elsewhere, sources informed ESPN Barcelona are monitoring his state of affairs and will try to convey him to Camp Nou. Barca boss Ronald Koeman has made it clear the membership are brief in assault, with width and tempo a specific drawback for the misfiring Catalans, who’ve received simply as soon as of their final six video games.

Whereas Barca CEO Ferran Reverter has stated they should cut back their wage invoice additional, he stated there could possibly be some money out there for a signing in January, though sources point out any transfer for Sterling would possible be depending on him being out there initially on mortgage.

Sterling was considered one of England stand-out gamers throughout their run to the European Championship ultimate in the summertime and is closing in on 100 Premier League targets and 300 appearances. — Rob Dawson, Moises Llorens and Sam Marsden



Julien Laurens makes his pitch for Spain boss Luis Enrique to exchange Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.

Barcelona worry one other Ilaix with Dembele

Barcelona worry a delay in extending Ousmane Dembele‘s contract at Camp Nou is all the way down to his agent courting curiosity from golf equipment within the Premier League, sources informed ESPN.

Dembele’s contract with Barca expires subsequent summer time and he is but to agree a brand new cope with the membership. The participant has expressed a want to lengthen his keep however talks together with his consultant, Moussa Sissoko, haven’t been as easy.

The France ahead is free to barter with different golf equipment from Jan. 1, when he strikes into the ultimate six months of his contract, and sources say Barca are seeing parallels with Ilaix Moriba‘s exit in the summertime. Ilaix was additionally within the ultimate yr of his contract. When his brokers rejected a suggestion to resume, Barca despatched him to coach with the B group and informed him he would not play for the membership if he did not signal new phrases. The younger midfielder ultimately signed for RB Leizpig for round €20m in August, together with his representatives making a good-looking quantity of fee on the deal.

If Dembele, who got here near becoming a member of Manchester United in 2020, have been to run his contract down and depart Barca totally free, these concerned within the transfer would additionally stand to obtain a substantial signing bonus.

Sources at Barca say the following month can be key because the January switch window approaches. If an settlement can’t be struck with Dembele’s agent, the previous Borussia Dortmund winger may discover himself confined to the stands for the remainder of the season. — Moises Llorens and Sam Marsden



Julien Laurens and Alejandro Moreno cannot consider that Barcelona president Joan Laporta would admit publicly that he had hoped Lionel Messi would play totally free.

Jese, a row, a automobile collision and ‘pretend information’

Jese Rodriguez, a former Real Madrid and PSG ahead, hit out at “fake news” and asked for “respect” this week after reviews that his accomplice had run over his foot together with her automobile following a row.

The incident occurred after Jese — who’s having fun with a profession renaissance at hometown membership Las Palmas with three targets and 4 assists in LaLiga 2 this season — had attended a live performance on the Gran Canaria Area on Sunday. A video which went viral appeared to point out Jese limping and being assisted by pals outdoors the venue.

Sources informed ESPN that though Jese had been hit by the automobile, it was not clear if the collision had been intentional or an accident — though each the participant and his accomplice, the mannequin and actuality TV star Aurah Ruiz, denied the claims on social media.

Jese missed coaching on Monday and Tuesday, sparking fears that he can be absent for Las Palmas’ derby with native rivals Tenerife on Saturday, earlier than being concerned as regular on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old was a top-rated prospect as a teenager at Actual Madrid’s academy, breaking the document for targets scored in a season for B-team Castilla in 2012-13. His progress was disrupted by a cruciate ligament harm in 2014 and he had disappointing spells with PSG, Stoke Metropolis, Real Betis and Sporting Lisbon earlier than returning to Las Palmas this yr.

Jese has regularly made headlines for his off-the-field actions, releasing a collection of reggaeton singles as his musical alter ego ‘Jey M’. — Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez

Switch blunders: Fenerbahce mistakenly despatched cash to Dutch automobile supplier

Serie A aspect Empoli ultimately acquired the newest instalment for the departure of midfielder Miha Zajc a yr late after Fenerbahce inadvertently despatched the funds to a Dutch automobile dealership.

In January 2019, Empoli agreed to Zajc’s exit to the Turkish aspect for a payment of €4m, payable in three instalments. Nevertheless, the ultimate cost of €830,000 didn’t arrive of their checking account till September 2021. Fenerbahce made the cost on Sept. 30, 2020 however inserted the flawed recipient’s financial institution particulars and the cash ended up at a automobile dealership within the Dutch metropolis of Doetinchem.

Upon discovering out in regards to the administrative error, Empoli contacted the corporate to request the cash, but it surely was rejected. Empoli threatened to cancel the switch, which led Fenerbahce to sue the Dutch firm, and it was not till the next September {that a} Gelderland courtroom dominated within the Turkish aspect’s favour.

Slovenia worldwide Zajc joined Empoli from Olimpija Ljubljana in his homeland in January 2017 and following relegation to Italy‘s second tier, performed a basic function of their promotion again to Serie A the next marketing campaign.

The 27-year-old struggled to nail down an everyday place at Fenerbahce and spent the 2020-21 season again in Italy on mortgage at Genoa. — Andrew Cesare Richardson

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