Pogba Move Unlikely In January
Juventus officials had a meeting on Monday with the agent of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Mino Raiola flew to Turin for what is being described by Sky Italia as a routine visit in which a number of current and possibly future players were discussed.
Raiola is also the agent of Juventus striker Moise Kean and that is believed to be the main purpose of the visit. However, he is also the agent of transfer targets Paul Pogba and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. Both players are being linked with moves to the bianconeri.
But Pogba is unlikely to be sold in January and any move in the summer would be dependent on the future of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. If United fail to qualify for the Champions League then Mourinho will be sacked and Pogba will stay.
The Cost Of Sacking Mourinho
Meanwhile, reports today are claiming that dismissing Mourinho will cost United around £24million. The Daily Record says that the Portugese boss’s contract – signed only 11 months ago – includes a Champions League premium.
If he is sacked with United still chasing a top four spot then the pay-off will be £24million. Until Champions League qualification is mathematically impossible then United will be regarded as chasing a top four spot. If they fail to make the Champions League then Mourinho’s pay-off will fall to £18million.
United Linked With Turkish Defender
Manchester United are one of a number of clubs tracking Galatasaray defender Ozan Kabak.
The 18-year-old only made his debut for the side earlier this year but his performances have brought him to the attention of United as well as Manchester City and Serie A giants Inter Milan and Roma.
Galatasaray value Kabak at £20million but the release clause in his contract stands at just £6.7million.