Paul Pogba to have medical at Manchester United as move looms
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TOP STORY: Pogba to have Manchester United medical
It's the story that has been rumbling on all summer -- and now Paul Pogba's long-awaited, much-expected return to Manchester United from Juventus is moving very close to becoming a reality.
Manchester United have released a statement that says: "Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United."
Earlier, Juventus confirmed to ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent Arindam Rej that they had given Pogba permission to have a medical at United.
On Saturday, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said there was "no point" in talking about a replacement for the France international, adding that he would be back in training with the club on Monday.
Midfielder Pogba now seems on the verge of a record-breaking move from Juventus to United in a deal that will reach more than £100m when agents' fees are included.
On Saturday, the Manchester Evening News reported that United manager Jose Mourinho wanted the 23-year-old to fly to England this weekend to wrap up his move, which it said the club had hoped to announce last Thursday.
22:25 BST: That will do it for today's installment of Transfer Talk. Join us in a few short hours for Monday's edition!
22:05 BST: According to reports, a power shift at Marseille has delayed Georges-Kevin N'Koudou's transfer to Tottenham. The club agreed to sell the player to Spurs almost three weeks ago, but he has yet to make a move.
21:36 BST: Will striker Odion Ighalo feature for Watford this Premier League campaign? Sky sources suggest otherwise.
21:16 BST: In his post-match reaction to Manchester United's 2-1 Community Shield victory of Leicester City, ESPN FC's Iain Macintosh wrote: "There are positives to be taken, chiefly from the performance of Eric Bailly and the match-winning header from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But this was a disjointed display that went a long way to justifying the intention to spend big money on Juventus' Paul Pogba."
Read Iain's full piece here.
20:48 BST: AC Milan are continuing their pursuit of Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, according to Football Italia.
Joint-CEO Adriano Galliani is said to have met with the Croatia international's agent in Ibiza on Sunday. The Rossoneri are offering a reported sum of around €12m for the player.
20:24 BST: Birmingham City are targeting Manchester United striker James Wilson for a potential loan deal, sources close to the Championship club have told ESPN FC.
A number of other Championship clubs have also expressed interest in Wilson, who scored five goals for Brighton on loan last season.
19:59 BST: Christian Benteke's future does not appear to lie at Anfield in the coming season, but Liverpool have yet to receive any fresh offers for the striker, his agent Eris Kismet told the Guardian.
"We are waiting for any news but at this moment there is nothing concrete," said Kismet. "There are several teams interested in signing him so hopefully we can reach a resolution soon."
19:41 BST: Lukas Podolski has apparently been involved in negotiations to help persuade Bastian Schweinsteiger to join Galatasaray, according to Turkish newspaper AMK.
The report states that the club have asked the former Arsenal man to help persuade his fellow Germany international to move to the Turkish Super League.
Galatasaray are keen to sign Schweinsteiger on loan with an option to buy.
19:24 BST: When asked about the Paul Pogba move after Manchester United's Community Shield win over Leicester City, Jose Mourinho called the player's imminent return "amazing."
"It's an amazing situation that such a great player is with us. Finally we have him," he told BT Sport.
"He comes to a winning side, who have won the Cup Final and the Community Shield. He has to work hard to come to the team. I only heard this information just before the game."
18:55 BST: Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness has slammed Manchester United over the Paul Pogba deal, stating that the player is not worth the reported transfer fees.
"For £100m, you expect the finished article, a game-changer," Souness wrote in the Sunday Times. "Paul Pogba's not that. He has the potential to be a top midfield player, but that still wouldn't put him in that price bracket."
18:32 BST: Sunderland have been linked with a few Manchester United players since David Moyes' arrival at the Stadium of Light, but the manager has admitted that there are doubts over whether the club can actually bring Marouane Fellaini aboard, according to the Sunderland Echo.
The Belgium international is keen on fighting to keep his spot at Old Trafford, even if Paul Pogba arrives.
18:10 BST: Sky Sports is adding to the growing list of outlets chiming in on Paul Pogba's imminent transfer to Manchester United ...
17:45 BST: Earlier today, we reported that Scottish champions Celtic had signed winger Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa on a four-year deal.
Sinclair kicked off his Celtic career in perfect fashion, scoring a late winner in his debut, a 2-1 victory over Hearts, just hours after completing his transfer.
17:20 BST: Rio Ferdinand has become the latest Manchester United legend to have his say on Paul Pogba.
Speaking from his role as a BT Sport pundit, Ferdinand said: "First of all I thought, if he's not getting 40 goals a season like a (Luis) Suarez, (Gareth) Bale, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi etc., then he can't be worth that."
He then added: "If he becomes as influential as a (Paul) Scholes, a (Frank) Lampard, a (Steven) Gerrard, a (Patrick) Vieira, a (Roy) Keane, then you say it's money well spent."
16.55 BST: Championship side Birmingham have set their sights on a loan deal for Manchester United striker James Wilson, a source has told ESPN FC.
16.27 BST: West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has confirmed deals for Andre Ayew and Arthur Masuaku are close to being completed, but he has some concerns over Dimitri Payet. Story here.
16.05 BST: Queens Park Rangers are keen to sign at least one centre-forward before the transfer window closes. Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said: "We are still looking for that striker. Hopefully we will bring some more in, because we need that help and need that competition."
15.46 BST: Jose Mourinho wasn't in the mood to say anything about Pogba either, telling BT Sport before the Community Shield: "I'm not interested now. Only after the match." If you want to follow the Community Shield, our live blog is right here.
15.28 BST: Manchester United have now confirmed that Paul Pogba is set to have his medical, but Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri wasn't keen to add much at his postmatch news conference just now.
"I spoke yesterday about Pogba, we just finished the match," he said after the 3-2 win over West Ham in London. "I don't know much. Tomorrow we will see if Pogba is still a Juventus player or not."
14.57 BST: What does Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger think about the possibility of his side signing Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez? Here's what:
14.36 BST: Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reiterated his desire to stay at the club.
Aubameyang told a news conference: "I will definitely stay with BVB, and I won't answer this question again."
14.11 BST: Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has told the BBC he backs United's big-money move for Paul Pogba.
"If you are making money and have to pay big money for the best players, why not do it?" Robson, who said Pogba was "the type of player we need," told Sportsweek.
He said he had watched Pogba train as a teenager and recalled: "I was very impressed with him. He was a good build, with a good temperament."
12.49 BST: Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has rejected a lucrative offer from Manchester City because he wants to stay with the Italian champions, Gazzetta dello Sport has reported.
12.40 BST: Closer and closer...
12.16 BST: DONE DEAL Villarreal have further bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Nicola Sansone from Sassuolo.
German-born Italy international Sansone, 24, was a key member of the Sassuolo team who upset the established order to finish sixth in Serie A last season, thus qualifying for the Europa League ahead of AC Milan.
12.16 BST: Derby County are interested in signing Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees, the Derby Telegraph reports, but they;'re not the only ones -- Burnley and Fulham are also said to be interested.
12.04 BST: The arrival at Swansea City of striker Borja Baston from Atletico Madrid is "imminent," according to manager Francesco Guidolin.
Goal.com reported Guidolin as saying: "I was happy with the squad before but I am more happy now because with Fernando Llorente and Borja Baston I think we have signed two good players, two very important players."
Reports suggest that Baston will cost the Swans around £15m.
11.52 BST: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Christian Benteke's future does not lie at Anfield in the coming season, and now reports in Turkey are suggesting that the Belgium striker could be on his way to Besiktas.
11.28 BST: Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is moving closer to joining Roma...
11.27 BST: Blackburn want to bring in Southampton striker Sam Gallagher on a season-long loan deal, the Sun reports.
It says manager Owen Coyle, who saw his side lose 4-1 to Norwich in Saturday's Championship opener at Ewood Park, wants to add more firepower to his ranks and feels the Saints academy graduate fits the bill.
11.14 BST: Bayer Leverkusen director of sport Rudi Voller has backed Bastian Schweinsteiger to move to another leading club.
Schweinsteiger appears increasingly certain to leave Manchester United, and Voller told Bild am Sonntag the 32-year-old "will play on at the highest level for at least another two years."
10.45 BST: Aston Villa are building for what they hope will be an instant return to the Premier League -- and manager Roberto Di Matteo is keen to keep the club's best young talent, too. With that in mind, academy product Andre Green has signed a new three-year contract, the Birmingham Mail reports. The 17-year-old winger made his first team debut last season.
10.30 BST DONE DEAL Scottish champions Celtic have signed former Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa on a four-year deal. Sinclair, 27, worked with celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, winning promotion to the Premier League, and told Celtic's official website: "It feels amazing to have joined. It's a massive club and I'm looking forward to it. I'm here now, and I'm happy to be here."
10.02 BST: AS reports that AC Milan could be ready to spend big on Real Madrid midfielder Isco, who has apparently been made available for transfer. Milan's latest impending takeover deal could see them back among the moneyed classes.
09.43 BST: According to the Sunday Telegraph, Everton are still yet to receive an offer from Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku.
09.32 BST: More Pogba (sorry, we'll get back to the rest of the programme soon): The Sunday Times says Man United believe he can boost their commercial income by up to £40 million in his first year at the club, so his price tag is perhaps not quite so inflated as it seems.
09.12 BST: Just to flesh out the Paul Pogba stuff, Marca says he will have his United medical today and be unveiled on Monday.
09.02 BST: Italian Football TV, which made a name for itself a few days ago when Paul Pogba sort of said he'd stay at Juventus, says the midfielder has now left New York. He'd have to leave New York anyway, since he's due to report back at Juve tonight ahead of training in the morning, but it's being very widely reported that he's going to do a medical in Manchester today.
To those asking us to 'prove' he just left New York. He left wearing a Knicks shirt...signing a Man United jersey pic.twitter.com/ZaKuR3liII- ItalianFootballTV (@IFTV_Official) August 6, 2016
PAPER TALK: Diego Costa offered to Inter, Napoli
There could be a frantic period of striker swapping in the next few weeks with Diego Costa now being touted around Serie A, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Spain striker reportedly will be offered a route out of Chelsea, where he is unsettled, to Napoli or Inter Milan, as the Blues appear ready to sign his replacement, Romelu Lukaku. With Napoli on the lookout for a striker to replace Gonzalo Higuain, a scenario could unfold with the Partenopei luring Inter's Mauro Icardi to Naples and Costa thus moving to the San Siro.
Pep to ditch Hart for Ter Stegen
Pep Guardiola is to ruthlessly discard Manchester City No. 1 Joe Hart and push ahead to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Barcelona, reports the Express.
The report suggests that the Spaniard does not rate the English stopper and sees Ter Stegen as the ideal replacement due to his ability with the ball at his feet. The Blaugrana are willing to let Ter Stegen depart, but they want City to pay the full £67 million buyout clause, which could complicate the deal.
Man City slash asking price for Bony
Man City's primary business has been done this summer, but they are now looking to shift a few out, with Wilfried Bony a priority in that regard, writes the Express.
According to the report, City have cut their asking price for Bony to attract potential buyers, and Swansea are now favourites to re-sign the Ivorian for just £13m after selling the striker for £25m in January 2015. Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have also registered an interest in the 27-year-old powerhouse.
Leicester to table mega bid for Burnley's Keane
Premier League champions Leicester City are ready to table a £17m offer for Burnley defender Michael Keane, according to the Sunday People, with the former Manchester United academy product refusing to sign a new deal with the Clarets.
The 23-year-old reportedly has knocked back a £30,000-a-week extension, despite manager Sean Dyche guiding the Clarets back to the Premier League. Burnley are holding out for a bid of £20m and see Keane as a key player in their bid to avoid relegation.
- After signing Papy Djilobodji for £8m, David Moyes is ready to strengthen his back four yet further with a £10m bid for Domagoj Vida, according to the Sunday People. The report suggests that the Black Cats will return with a fresh bid after Dynamo Kiev earlier knocked back their £6m approach.
- Newcastle are lining up a move for Everton starlet Brendan Galloway, reports the Mirror, though Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is unsure yet whether to sanction the move. Galloway broke through when Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo suffered injuries last season, and with the pair returning to fitness, a loan to the Magpies could make sense.
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