Arsenal eye up Paul Pogba: can Juventus pay him to stay?
Turin club set to double his wages to keep former Man Utd defender out of Wenger's clutches
FORMER Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, now a Juventus player, will be offered a "double-your-money" deal to prevent him leaving Italy to join Arsenal. The Daily Mirror claims that Gunners gaffer Arsene Wenger "is a long term admirer" of the 20-year-old and made enquiries over the summer.
Juventus, however, are "determined" to keep Pogba, who arrived in Turin in 2012 after failing to win over Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. The Frenchman, who made his international debut this year, turned out just three times for United before being offloaded to Juventus.
Currently on £800,000-a-year, the Mirror says the Italian giants will double his wages in order to keep him out of the clutches of the Nutty Professor.
Meanwhile respected magazine France Football carries an interview with Arsenal's Francis Coquelin in which he says he's not sure if he has a future at the Emirates.
The 22-year-old defensive midfielder was loaned out to German outfit Freiburg in the summer and he told France Football it was his call. "At first, I expressed my need to play more often to Arsene Wenger and to play a whole season," he said.
When the Arsenal manager admitted he couldn't give Coquelin that guarantee, he decided on a fresh challenge. "I had the opportunity to join Lorient in the summer and I thought about it but finally I chose Freiburg because I wanted to discover something new." As to the future, Coquelin is non-committal, saying: "I am only focused on Freiburg so far. I put Arsenal aside. My priority is to play as often as possible."
Tottenham fans may have to wait a little longer to see Vlad Chiriches in action after manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed that the Romania international is still waiting for his work permit.
The Evening Standard reports that the 23-year-old centre-back made an £8.5m switch to White Hart Lane last month but he's still stuck in the football equivalent of the terminal building because of the paperwork. "His work permit is not finalised yet," said Villas-Boas. "It's a process that takes a bit more time."
The Derby Telegraph claims that Championship side Derby County are eyeing up a potential loan move for unsettled Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton. It wasn't so long ago that the 23-year-old Albrighton, an England U21 international, was being talked of as a future star of the game but in recent months he appears to have lost his way at Villa Park.
It's believed Derby are likely to make their move in the next few days now that Villa boss Paul Lambert has brought in Aleksandar Tonev from Polish side Lech Poznan.
Caughtoffside adds that Derby see Albrighton as the man to replace Will Hughes. The 18-year-old midfielder is being linked with a big money move to the Premiership in the New Year with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all keen on the twinkle-toed teenager. If that move does come off, then Derby boss Nigel Clough will likely try and make Albrighton's loan deal more permanent. ·