Football transfer rumours: what did PSG offer to try and sign Paul Pogba?

Michael Butler on 12 September 2019

It’s all working out for Ander Herrera. After a season of mediocrity at Manchester United last season, behind Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay in the pecking order, the Spaniard signed a mega-money contract at PSG, owing to the fact he was moving on a free transfer and that, previously, he had been quite good at football. Imagine his concern, then, this summer when he found out PSG were about to drop a somewhat specific £429,000-a-week deal on bringing old rival Pogba to Paris. Say that three times quickly with a straight face.

Of course, thankfully for Ander and his hopes of actually making it on to a pitch, this particular tale, from Calciomercato, never came to fruition. It is claimed Manchester United were willing to sell the World Cup winner in the final days of the transfer window, but PSG were only able to pull the trigger if they were able to shunt Neymar off to Barcelona. Just like in Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, it never happened. But one suspects that the various parties here will get their way at some point.

And right on time, here’s Barcelona suit Javier Bordas! “While Neymar wants to come, we will do what we can to bring him back. The case of Neymar is a special one. He’s an exceptional player and he wants to come to Barcelona; he hasn’t adapted to Paris; he was wrong to go there, and even he has said that.” It’s on! Probably! Ish!

More good news for United fans! Ed Woodward is going to continue to be the mastermind behind all Old Trafford transfers for the foreseeable! Edwin van der Sar had been linked with a new director of football role, but the Dutchman took a strong right hand to the rumours, crucially pushing them away from danger. “I am enjoying my time at Ajax. I’ve got a different role – chief executive,” he palmed. “I am really looking forward to bringing Ajax back to the European top level – that we probably touched last year – and to make sure we get the best opportunity to stay there.”

Kevin De Bruyne, after a brief career hiatus in beekeeping, has announced that he would like to join Anderlecht, and Vincent Kompany, after he is done winning everything in sight with Manchester City. “I hope his [Kompany’s] career will be just as amazing at Anderlecht as it was at City,” said the midfielder. “I’ve told him to keep a place in his team for me in a year, or seven, when I’m finished here. If he does do that for me I will already have my next destination lined up; my next job.”

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Wilfried Zaha has reportedly told his Mr 15% to sling his hook after the winger failed to secure a move away from Crystal Palace in the summer. Because it’s definitely his agent’s fault that Steve Parish set the Ivorian’s asking price at £80m.

Back in the big time, Aston Villa have got loads of money and have decided that Brentford’s Saïd Benrahma is the man they want to spend it on. The Algerian doesn’t come cheap though – around £25m – with Newcastle also reportedly keen on the winger.

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