Paul Pogba leaving Manchester United? Not even if José Mourinho recalls the Scottish player, Scott McTominay, to play in Pogba’s place at Bournemouth on Wednesday night. Instead, Pogba wants to stay to fight for his place.
It might, though, not be up to Pogba, since Mourinho has decided he wants Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred to partner McTominay in midfield. Should that be the case, then Pogba can go to Paris Saint-Germain, to whom he has been offered, though they have the small matter of a Financial Fair Play breach to think about, what with previously breaking the bank to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.
Other United options include Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Spurs’ Victor Wanyama and Mourinho’s favourite son Willian, while Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic might well be lining alongside compatriot Nemanja Matic.
Whoever is manning the midfield, they won’t be receiving passes from or covering for Matteo Darmian, who is heading to Juventus, just like Anthony Martial, who may also join Barcelona.
Instead, Valencia right-back João Cancelo will be in United’s defence while Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, the 17-year-old EFL player of the year himself, will be added to the attack or as a buccaneering left-back in the style of dear old Luke Shaw. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford is wanted by Real Madrid and they would like to swap Gareth Bale for him. Only if United lower their price will Florentino Pérez stop turning up his nose at signing Pogba.
PSG could, though, buy Pogba if they shift Mbappé to Manchester City, who also want Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcântara, who Pep Guardiola took to Bavaria from Barcelona in 2013. Having escaped a two-window transfer ban from Fifa, City are still considering taking Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha back to Manchester, even if he has bad memories of the place from his days at David Moyes’ United.
A rare deal not involving Manchester United will see Chelsea sell Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund. The problem for Dortmund is that “the Batman” has scored so many goals during his loan spell that Chelsea want £50m for their man, and will use some of that money to buy Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
Erstwhile Jack Grealish, of Aston Villa, is wanted by Leicester City, who are a rare club not in the mix for Norwich’s James Maddison, with the midfielder wanted by Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City.