Premier League transfer news: Paul Pogba, Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld
Manchester United reject offer from Barcelona for French star Pogba
Premier League transfer news and rumours
Paul Pogba: Manchester United to Barcelona
Manchester United have rejected a players-plus-cash offer from Barcelona for World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba, Sky Sports reports.
The Catalans have bid £45m for Pogba with defender Yerry Mina and midfielder Andre Gomes included in the deal. But United “apparently have no desire to part with Pogba”, says Sky.
However, United’s chances of keeping the 25-year-old look slim as his relationship with boss Jose Mourinho has become strained. The Daily Mail adds that agent Mino Raiola is plotting the “sensational” move for his client by touting Pogba to the Spanish giants.
Toby Alderweireld: Tottenham to Manchester United
United’s search for a new central defender sees them once again linked with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld. It’s reported that the Red Devils have made a “take it or leave it” £40m final bid for the 29-year-old Belgium international. (Daily Mirror)
Courtois goes AWOL
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has gone “AWOL on the eve of the new season” after failing to report for training at Chelsea. The Belgium No.1 is a target for Real Madrid and The Daily Telegraph says that his absence from training is an attempt to force an exit from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea target Oblak and Butland
With Thibaut Courtois looking likely to leave for Real Madrid before the transfer deadline on Thursday, Chelsea will quickly need to find a new keeper. Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo reports that the Blues will pay the £89m release clause to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid, while Sky Sports says that Stoke City’s Jack Butland is an alternative.
Kovacic refuses to train at Real
Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic won’t return to training until his future is sorted. The Croatian international wants to leave the Champions League winners and has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea. (Marca)
Euro giants battle for Milinkovic-Savic
Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid are all keen on signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio. It’s reported that United are preparing a “mega bid” for the 23-year-old Serbian midfielder. (Calciomercato)
No bids yet for Zaha
Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a move away from Crystal Palace but the London club are “yet to hear” from any Premier League sides regarding their star forward. The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international is reportedly a target for Chelsea and Tottenham. (The Daily Telegraph)
Bernard: Shakhtar Donetsk to Everton
Everton have pulled off a “major coup” with the signing of Brazilian forward Bernard on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk. The 25-year-old, who has 14 caps for Brazil, is due for a medical and the deal is set to be announced today. Bernard was also a target for Chelsea, West Ham, AC Milan and Inter Milan. (Daily Mail)
Yerry Mina: Barcelona to Everton/Lyon
Everton have also been linked with Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, but it’s claimed in France that he is “very interested” in signing for Lyon. (Liverpool Echo)
Victor Wanyama: Tottenham to Roma
Spurs are yet to make any signings this summer but one player who could be set for the exit is midfielder Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan international is a shock target for Italian giants Roma. (Daily Mirror)
Peter Crouch: Stoke City to Burnley
Stoke’s former England striker Peter Crouch remains a target for Burnley. Crouch, who is valued at £500,000, is back on Burnley’s radar after the Clarets had a bid turned down for West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez. (The Sun)