Pogba To Go?
Manchester United forward Paul Pogba is once again being linked with a move to Real Madrid amidst reports that his relationship with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is deteriorating.
The Frenchman went through a purple patch of form following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal and Solskjaer’s temporary appointment just before Christmas. He has scored nine goals in 19 games and provided seven assists.
The side went on a long unbeaten run and the Norwegian landed the manager’s job on a permanent basis last month. But since then United have lost four out of five games and French newspaper Le Parisien claims he is now looking for a way out.
Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho was one factor behind his poor form earlier on in the campaign. But Spanish newspaper AS claims that the prospect of him not being able to play in the Champions League is a factor behind his desire to leave.
United looked nailed on for a top-four spot after the initial run under Solskjaer. But their recent poor run of form has seen them drop back to the sixth place they have occupied for much of the season – three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham. The chances of qualifying for the Champions League by winning this season’s competition took a severe blow with last night’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.
United Linked With Fernandes
Manchester United are being linked once again with Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. The Red Devils are one of a number of sides keeping tabs on the 24-year-old who has a release clause of €100million (£88million).
Portugese newspaper A Bola claims informal contacts have already been made with Fernandes’ representatives.
But United face competition from Serie A with AC Milan also said to be interested.
Bale Told He Can Leave
Reports from Spain claim Gareth Bale is not in Real Madrid’s plans for next season and he can choose his next move providing the offers for the player are around the same. Manchester United are being linked but there is also interest from Bayern Munich.
But Bale wants €19million a year net – around £600,000 a week – and he turns 30 in July which is likely to cause a problem for United.