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Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea


Wednesday, April 1

  • Marcus Rashford wants Jadon Sancho at Manchester United
  • Philippe Coutinho could join Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham 
  • Paul Pogba is still determined to join Real Madrid 
  • Chelsea and Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez has had informal talks with clubs
  • Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool won’t happen for one reason

Sterling to return to Liverpool?

Liverpool will not consider re-signing Raheem Sterling, reports have claimed, after the Manchester City forward revealed his admiration for his former club.

Sterling left Anfield in the summer of 2015 in a deal worth £49million.

Last week during an Instagram Q&A, the England international confessed that he would be open to re-joining the Reds.

Despite the comments, The Athletic claim that the ship has now sailed and Liverpool are not interested in bringing him back to the club.

There are many reasons for that decision, but Sterling has simply burned his bridges at Anfield from when he left.

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

William Saliba warning

William Saliba has been warned that he faces increased pressure and expectation once he joins Arsenal, because he will be called upon to perform immediately for the Gunners’ first team.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Saint-Etienne, who he joined Arsenal from for £27million last summer, and will join up with the London club at the end of the season.

“First he will need to adapt to English football,” ex-Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna told Goal.

“He is a big prospect for the future but Arsenal need him to perform as soon as he starts.

“He is aware of that probably, but he has a lot of qualities and he will learn fast.

“Hopefully he will achieve good things and become one of the best centre-backs in the league.

“He is very confident in defending, he is not afraid to defend one against one and most of the time he wins the duels, which is the best quality as a defender.

“You need some security, you need some presence and he has that.”

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Timo Werner transfer clause

Liverpool have been given further clarification surrounding the structure of Timo Werner’s release clause. 

The RB Leipzig frontman is on the Anfield hierarchy’s radar this summer, with the Reds keen on completing the capture of the German international ahead of both Manchester United and Chelsea.

Liverpool were of the belief that Werner’s release clause in the region of £50million was due to expire at the end of this month.

Now according to Transfermarkt, the 23-year-old’s release clause actually runs until June 15.

That will give Liverpool breathing space and allow them to focus on preparing for the return of Premier League action.

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Lautaro Martinez talks

Lautaro Martinez has held informal talks with interested clubs, with Chelsea keen to rival the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona for the Inter Milan striker’s signature.

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And the player’s agent Alberto Yaque has said to Radio del Plata of his client: “His constant growth makes the best teams in the world notice him and have that concept. Hopefully, he will be rewarded for his effort.

“We have chatted with many people, but nothing more.

“For now those who call me are not directly employed by the club. There is nothing formal or serious.

“It is something dreamed of being the player in the market. He is not expecting anything, all he wants is to play and score goals.”

Bellingham yet to decide on Man Utd move

Manchester United transfer target Jude Bellingham was “impressed” by the club’s training ground when he visited last month, says Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

But despite liking what he saw at United’s training ground, Bellingham is yet to decide on his next club.

“Well look, he was impressed by what he saw at Carrington,” Solhekol said on the Transfer Talk podcast.

“Man United want to sign him, Chelsea want to sign him, Borussia Dortmund want to sign him.

“It’s kind of a similar situation to the situation with Jadon Sancho. He hasn’t made a decision yet on his future.

“Birmingham have given him permission to talk to clubs and that was what he was doing, obviously before this whole coronavirus crisis.

“But he’s a player who is an incredible player, for somebody who’s only 16 to have played 32 times in the Championship for Birmingham City.

“He’s somebody who’s very level-headed, when you speak to him he sounds like he’s 26, not 16.

“He’s very humble, he’s very well liked by his team-mates at Birmingham. Somebody described him to me as having an old head on young shoulders.

“They also said he’s got the potential to be as good as Steven Gerrard. His best position is going to be as a box-to-box midfielder. He’s a player who’s got the world at his feet.”

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

De Ligt to Man Utd

Manchester United should only swap Paul Pogba for Matthijs de Ligt if they have a replacement midfielder lined up, says ESPN FC pundit Alejandro Moreno.

Moreno said on ESPN FC: “Well that’s assuming that you actually have a player in mind and player in place that is going to take that position in the middle of midfield for Manchester United because, well, De Ligt yeah would solve a problem in the backline alongside [Harry] Maguire but then you still have a Pogba-sized hole in that middle of midfield.

“You have Bruno Fernandes who has done a wonderful job but you also have to then address that situation.

“If there’s no Pogba, if there’s no box-to-box midfielder, who is that guy going to be?

“So if you have that player in mind and you have a plan in place in order to acquire that player, then so be it.

“But until then, you have to resolve what the Pogba issue means to you long term.

“So if you just want to get rid of the guy, yeah sure get value in return in Matthijs de Ligt.

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“But you also have to address what you’re doing in the middle of midfield.”

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Meunier on Tottenham interest

PSG right-back Thomas Meunier has spoken out on rumours he could join Tottenham and insists he does not “understand” them.

He told RTBF: “A free, international player, who plays in the FIFA ranked world’s No.1 team (Belgium) and who is 28 years old, it cannot be a bad buy, even if I get gangrene and I have to cut off a leg!

“Clubs don’t have much to lose in the investment, and I think they know it. They have everything to gain.

“Everything that circulates on me on social media versus Dortmund, I don’t understand: I’ve seen so many articles linking me to Tottenham or Inter.

“I don’t understand this craze. 

“My main objective is always to stay in Paris, but for the moment it’s pretty calm.”

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

United make Sancho contact 

Manchester United have made contact with Jadon Sancho’s agent over a possible transfer with the Borussia Dortmund winger likely to return to the Premier Laegue.

And according to the Mirror, United have tried to beat the competition to try and sign the former Manchester City winger.

The Red Devils have contacted Sancho’s agent over a possible move according The Daily Mirror.

But United are reluctant to submit a formal approach for the youngster due to concerns over the summer transfer window.

The summer window will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has turned the football world upside down.

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Rashford sends Sancho message

Marcus Rashford has sent a not-so-subtle transfer message to England team-mate Jadon Sancho telling him to join Manchester United.

The Red Devils are keen on the Borussia Dortmund winger, who is rated at in excess of £100million, and are expected to launch a pursuit once the transfer window reopens.

“It would be good [if Sancho joined United],” Rashford said on an Instagram Live. “Sancho is a great player.

“He’s like the new generation player.

“It’s definitely exciting to watch the player he’s becoming — hopefully we can all play together. That would be good.

“He plays off the cuff. He’s imaginative.

“I think in this generation, they’re the things you need to be world class.”

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Coutinho Premier League return

Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham is “possible” because of the player’s agent, according to Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol.

Barcelona want to sell Coutinho but are keen to recoup a significant fee for the Brazilian, which has poured doubt on Premier League clubs trying to sign the playmaker.

But Solhekol said: “Barcelona want more than £100m for a player who will be 28 in the summer. That means there will be little resale value for any interested clubs.

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“Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has good contacts at Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.

“A move to those clubs is possible, but Barcelona would have to drop their asking price dramatically or it would have to be a loan with an option to buy deal.

“Interested clubs know that Barcelona want to sell him this summer. They know that it was a big mistake for Barcelona to spend £142m on him. I can’t see how this is going to end well for Barcelona.”

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Mbappe to Liverpool a no-go

Kylian Mbappe would “destroy” the Liverpool wage structure if he moved to Anfield, claims European football expert Guillem Balague. 

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappe has been linked with a move away from the French capital with Real Madrid targeting the France international but Liverpool are also reportedly interested in signing him.

“No [Liverpool won’t sign Mbappe],” Balague said on his YouTube channel.

“Obviously they like Mbappe but he would destroy the wage structure of Liverpool now.

“They’d have to invest a lot in getting him, so forget that one.”

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Paul Pogba’s Real Madrid plan

Paul Pogba remains determined to join Real Madrid when the summer window opens, per 90min.

The France midfielder has endured a difficult campaign with Manchester United with injuries restricting him to just a handful of appearances.

But Real Madrid and Juventus have retained their interest in the 26-year-old and Pogba wants to join the former.

Pogba reportedly remains determined to link up with Zinedine Zidane, one of his idols growing up.

Juve, PSG and Bayern Munich are all keeping tabs on his situation, with Pogba out of contract in the summer of 2021, although United have the option to trigger an extra year in his deal.

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Jadon Sancho sent Man Utd message, Paul Pogba transfer plan, Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Ceballos on Arsenal future

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos insists it would be “irresponsible” to discuss his future at the minute.

The Spaniard is on loan with the Gunners from Real Madrid but will expectedly see out the season although his contract with the north London club ends in June.

Beyond that, there is uncertainty as to whether the 23-year-old will remain in Madrid or move elsewhere on a permanent deal.

“I finish my contract on June 30 but I would have to [continue to] play for Arsenal [when football resumes]. I don’t know how,” Ceballos told TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones.

“It would be irresponsible from my side to talk about my future. The most important thing will be to be important for my new team.

“I came to Arsenal to be an important player but in the last month that all disappeared [due to the coronavirus].”



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