No Move For Pogba
Manchester United won’t sell Paul Pogba in the European transfer window which runs until early next month.
Reports have linked the Frenchman with a move away from Old Trafford with both Real Madrid and Juventus said to be interested. But United have stood firm all summer and aren’t expected to buckle now the Premier League season has started.
Pogba insisted at the weekend that “only time will tell about his future” but his short-term future will see him remain at United.
The Serie A transfer window closes in just over a week’s time on Friday 23 August. The Italians have adopted the Premier League’s practice of putting the deadline to sign new players immediately prior to the round of matches.
However, the window remains open in Spain until Monday 2 September.
Real Madrid have already had one bid rejected for Pogba. They saw a bid of €30 million (£28 million) plus Colombia international midfielder James Rodriguez rejected out of hand by United. The Red Devils value Pogba at anywhere between £160 million and £180 million.
But reports claim Real will return with a huge bid before the end of this month. There has even been speculation that coach Zinedine Zidane will walk out of the club if they fail to sign the World Cup-winner. That looks unlikely. But with a nett spend of over £170 million so far this summer it will take an effective doubling of that figure to land Pogba and Real just don’t have that sort of money.
United Prepared To Stump Up For Sanchez
Meanwhile, Manchester United may have to subsidise some of Alexis Sanchez’s wages for a loan move to Roma. The Serie A side are prepared to offer the 30-year-old a chance of a move away from Old Trafford, but the size of his wages is a barrier to any loan deal being done.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to part with Sanchez but with a basic wage of almost £400,000 a week such a deal is out of reach for most clubs unless there is some sort of wage subsidy. United have had to accept that paying part of his wages is key to getting any deal done. But such is the size of his pay packet that most of his pay will have to be met by United.
Earlier this week Sanchez was involved in a training-ground bust-up with striker Mason Greenwood after being fouled by the 17-year-old.