Transfer Talk: Pogba will try to force United exit
The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January.
Pogba to force United exit
Paul Pogba is determined to force an exit from Manchester United after enduring yet another falling out with manager Jose Mourinho.
The pair were filmed exchanging barbs at the United training ground on Wednesday, supposedly over an ill-timed Instagram post shared by Pogba during the previous night’s Carabao Cup defeat against Derby County.
The Telegraph now reports that the French midfielder has reached the end of his tether with Mourinho and will try to engineer a move away from Old Trafford at the next available opportunity.
Specifically, Pogba is hankering to join Barcelona, having reportedly told United vice chairman Ed Woodward as much in a secret meeting ahead of the Red Devils’ opening match of the season.
Ramsey to leave Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey is to leave Arsenal next summer after seeing talks about a new contract break down past the point of being salvageable.
According to the Mirror, there is no offer on the table for the Welshman, which means he would be walking away from the Emirates for free when his current deal expires at the end of this season.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to AC Milan, who have just appointed former Arsenal board member Ivan Gazidis their new chief executive.
The Mirror adds that the Gunners are understood to have turned down a £50 million bid for Ramsey last summer, with Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester United and Lazio all interested in purloining the midfielder on a bargain freebie.
Arsenal keep tabs on Sarr
Arsenal fans are apparently all aquiver after it was revealed that the club’s scouting shaman, Sven Mislintat, has identified a player dubbed “the new Ousmane Dembele.”
Putting aside the fact that Dembele is still only 21, the Gunners are reported by the Mirror to be keeping a close eye on winger Ismaila Sarr, who plays for Dembele’s former club Rennes.
Mislintat was the driving force behind Borussia Dortmund’s acquisition of Dembele two years ago, and it is claimed that the German, now chief scout at the Emirates, is looking to repeat the feat to land Sarr. However, Rennes are unwilling to let the 20-year-old Senegal international, who featured at the World Cup, leave in January, so Arsenal might be forced to wait until next summer to make their move.
— Former Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson, 31, is close to earning himself a contract at St. Mirren after impressing on trial at the Scottish Premiership club, according to the Daily Record.
— The Mirror says Arsenal are monitoring the progress of hotly tipped Everton youngster Ryan Astley, who doesn’t turn 17 until next month. The Toffees have yet to offer the defender a professional contract and therefore run the risk of having the Wales under-19 international pinched from under their noses.