No Exit For Pogba
Manchester United won’t sell midfielder Paul Pogba despite interest from Barcelona.
The France World Cup-winner had a bust-up with manager Jose Mourinho earlier this week resulting in Pogba telling the United boss that if he wants to speak to him formally then he must do so through his agent. Relations between the two men suffered during the latter half of last season although that was largely due to differences over where Pogba must play.
But the latest downturn is unlikely to lead to any sale for Pogba. Barcelona put in a bid earlier this month of £40million plus defender Yerry Mina and winger Andre Gomes. It was rejected out of hand by United.
The Premier League side won’t sell Pogba without any replacement already lined up. The transfer window closed last week but it remains open in Spain until 31 August.
Barcelona’s bid was made in the expectation that it would be turned down, but it has made public their interest and if anything it has gone some way to unsettling the player. The La Liga side are ready to play a waiting game in the knowledge that Pogba looks set to leave United, probably next summer – unless Mourinho goes first.
Pogba is known to be keen on a move to the Nou Camp. He wanted to move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid when it became obvious he would be sold by Juventus back in 2016. But neither club were prepared to match United’s bid to the Italian side of £89million.
Campos Talks Of Manchester United Link
Lille sporting director Luis Campos insists he has had no talks with Manchester United about taking on a similar role at Old Trafford.
The 53-year-old friend of Jose Mourinho was linked earlier this week with a move to Old Trafford as United seek to appoint their first director of football in their history.
“Manchester United have not spoken to me about that position,” Campos told Yahoo. “But I’m very proud that my name is mentioned as one possibility because Manchester United have such a fantastic history in the world of football.”
Former Southampton defender Paul Mitchell is also being considered for the role. The 36-year-old helped bring Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld to Tottenham Hotspur. He is currently employed by Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.