Maurizio Sarri on if Juventus will try to sign Man United’s Paul Pogba

Pogba & Man United

Since Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United, the Frenchman has struggled to live up to his price-tag.

Pogba never really seemed to get on with Jose Mourinho, with it having been reported that, at one point, Mourinho called the Manchester United midfielder a virus.

After Mourinho was sacked in December of 2018 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was put in temporary charge, Pogba’s displays did improve.

However, his form soon declined again, and Pogba scored just two and assisted none over the course of the Red Devils’ final 10 league games of the 2018/19 season.

 

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VALENCIA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 12: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Valencia and Manchester United at Estadio Mestalla on December 12, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Sarri on Pogba

Despite his up and down campaign, Pogba has reportedly attracted interest from both La Liga giants Real Madrid and Serie A champions Juventus this summer.

Maurizio Sarri would take charge of his first pre-season game as Juve boss on Sunday.

Juventus would lose 3-2 vs Tottenham, thanks to a late wonder-strike from Harry Kane.

The day before facing Spurs, Sarri was asked about the possibility of Juventus signing Pogba this summer, to which he responded:

“I am not the technical director, so I do not know [if Pogba will come to Juventus].

“I like him very much, but I don’t know the situation.

“Paul Pogba is a Manchester United player, so I don’t want to talk about that.” As quoted by ESPN.

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Newcastle eyeing swoop for Burnley’s Dwight McNeil – Sun

As per a report from the Sun, recently-appointed Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is keen on the signature of Burnley starlet Dwight McNeil.

Clarets’ standout

19-year-old wide-man McNeil burst onto the scene this past season at Turf Moor.

After coming up through the youth setup of Manchester United, the gifted teen came to the decision to depart for Burnley’s academy in 2014.

And McNeil has since gone from strength-to-strength, establishing himself as one of the most highly-regarded young talents in England.

Across 21 Premier League appearances in 2018/19, the Three Lions U20 international notched 3 goals and 5 assists.

McNeil’s pace, directness, delivery and eye for goal all paint the picture of a genuine star in the making.

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Dwight McNeil is tackled by Gerard Deulofeu of Watford during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Burnley FC. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Newcastle bound?

As per the aforementioned report from the Sun, though, Burnley may well struggle to hold onto their crown-jewel this summer.

This comes amid strong interest on the part of the Clarets’ Premier League rivals Newcastle United.

New Magpies’ boss Steve Bruce is said to be a keen admirer of McNeil’s talents, with the winger viewed as a priority signing to ‘kick-start’ his era in charge at St. James’ Park.

As such, a £15 million bid is reportedly being readied by Newcastle. Such a sum, though, appears unlikely to coax Burnley into a sale.

Tottenham are also named as suitors of McNeil, while Serie A giants Juventus are keeping a close eye on the teen’s situation.

Preston central-defender Ben Davies, meanwhile, is another potential addition reportedly being eyed by Steve Bruce.

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Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert completes Fulham loan switch

Brighton & Hove Albion have this evening confirmed Anthony Knockaert’s departure for Championship outfit Fulham on a season-long loan.

Brighton stint

27-year-old winger Knockaert has been on Brighton’s books since the summer of 2016, when he made the move to the Amex Stadium from Belgian outfit Standard Liege.

The Frenchman subsequently went on to play a key role in the Seagulls’ successes over the seasons that followed, with Knockaert’s finest individual campaign to date having come in 2016/17, when he notched 15 goals and 8 assists in the Championship to help guide the club back to the English top-flight.

This past season, however, saw the talented attacker’s game-time take a hit.

Knockaert managed starts in just 18 of Brighton’s 38 Premier League outings, as Chris Hughton’s men narrowly avoided relegation.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: An injured Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion is assisted by team mate Anthony Knockaert during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion at The King Power Stadium on February 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Fulham switch

The arrival of highly-regarded winger Leandro Trossard at the Amex this summer, meanwhile, meant that Knockaert was likely to find consistent playing time equally as tough to come by next season.

As such, the news that Brighton have this evening come to the decision to allow the 27-year-old to depart the club has come as little surprise.

In an official statement across the Seagulls’ social media accounts a short time ago, it was confirmed that Knockaert has made the move to Championship outfit Fulham for the 2019/20 campaign:

Fulham, meanwhile, have since announced that Knockaert’s arrival comes ‘with a view to a permanent transfer’:

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French reports suggest Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny has agreed personal terms with both Rennes & Bordeaux

Reports stemming from the French media this evening suggest that Arsenal wantaway Laurent Koscielny has agreed personal terms with a pair of Ligue 1 clubs.

‘Very disappointed’

In something of a bombshell for all associated with the Gunners last week, it was announced that club captain Koscielny had informed Unai Emery and co. that he would not be joining his fellow teammates on their pre-season tour of the US.

An official announcement across Arsenal’s website and social media channels regarding the situation read as follows:

‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.’

‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.’

‘We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’

Ligue 1 interest

The reliable David Ornstein of BBC Sport subsequently provided an insight into Koscielny’s shock decision, citing Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea, and concern over the direction of the club as key.

As such, the Frenchman was said to be eyeing a return to France, amid interest from the likes of Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Significantly, however, Koscielny also requested to have his contract at the Emirates terminated this summer, despite having a year left to run on the agreement.

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal are thought to have firmly rejected such a proposition, amid the club’s widely-publicised financial struggles.

Bordeaux or Rennes?

A report from Sky Sports earlier this week, though, revealed that Arsenal were warming to the idea of Koscielny’s sale.

And the latest updates emerging from France this evening suggest that the stopper is now inching ever-closer to an Emirates departure.

First, RMC Sport (via GFFN) reported that Koscielny has agreed on the personal terms of a contract with Ligue 1 outfit Rennes:

A short time later, though, Manu Lonjon of Yahoo France claimed that the 33-year-old has also reached an agreement with Bordeaux.

Lonjon also backs the suggestion that Koscielny has a deal in principle in place with Rennes:

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Tottenham leave out Rose

Danny Rose has played close to 200 games for Tottenham’s senior side.

37 of those games came during the 2018/19 campaign.

Despite Rose still acting as a regular contributor in Tottenham’s setup, though, the defender was left out of Spurs’ pre-season tour squad.

Spurs’ official website gave the following reason as to why Rose was absent from said squad:

Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Danny Rose have been granted additional time off in order to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs.

Tottenham would kick off their pre-season on Sunday with a 3-2 win over Serie A champions Juventus, thanks to a late goal from Harry Kane.

 

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates at the end of the match during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Rose to Juventus?

Keeping with Juventus, it is now being reported by the Mirror that the Turin-based club are the front-runners for Rose’s services.

Sky Sports News have previously claimed that both PSG and Schalke are also interested in the full-back.

The report from the Mirror, meanwhile, alleges that Newcastle are another club showing an interest in Rose.

Both Sky Sports and the Mirror have put the 29-year-old’s price tag at £20m.

The Telegraph also recently published an article, claiming that Rose will not be rushed into finding a new club.

However, the prospect of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and winning trophies every season may be too good for Rose to turn down.

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Man United ‘finally agreeing terms’ in £80m Harry Maguire swoop – Dean Jones

As per a report from Dean Jones of Bleacher Report, Manchester United are on the verge of signing Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

Maguire’s Man United links

Foxes’ star stopper Maguire has been plying his trade at the King Power Stadium for two seasons now.

After making the move from Hull City in the summer of 2017, Maguire’s impressive showings at the heart of Leicester’s back-4 over the course of his debut campaign, coupled with his stellar performances at the World Cup in Russia, quickly led to rumours that the 26-year-old was being eyed by a number of the Premier League’s top clubs.

Of the sides touted as potential destinations, Manchester United were the most persistently-linked with actually tabling an offer for Maguire, with it having been common knowledge that Jose Mourinho was on the lookout for defensive reinforcements.

In the end, however, a move never came to fruition.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Harry Maguire of Leicester City fouls Johann Gudmundsson of Burnley and is later sent off during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Leicester City at Turf Moor on March 16, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

United revive bid

Reports this summer, though, have long-suggested that the Red Devils have firmly reignited their pursuit of Maguire.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, like Mourinho, is said to be a keen admirer of the powerful stopper’s talents.

The Evening Standard even claimed back in May that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had given the go-ahead to the club’s plan to break their transfer record on the signing of a world-class central-defender.

United closing on deal

The last couple of weeks, meanwhile, have seen multiple reports suggest that Maguire is on the verge of making the move to Old Trafford.

In fact, both the Sun and the Transfer Window Podcast last weekend agreed that a deal worth £60 million, plus a further 20 million in bonuses, had been found between United and Leicester.

Such an agreement, though, is yet to be confirmed.

But, as per the latest update courtesy of Dean Jones of Bleacher Report this evening, fans of United need not fret.

Jones claims that terms are ‘finally’ being agreed on Maguire’s transfer, with an £80 million fee once again touted:

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Tottenham 3 – Juventus 2

Tottenham’s pre-season began on Sunday, July 21st, vs Italian outfit Juventus.

Erik Lamela would open the scoring vs Juve in the 30th minute.

Maurizio Sarri’s side would then come from behind to make it 2-1 thanks to goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, Spurs would then also come from behind. A Lucas Moura strike and a 93rd-minute attempt from the halfway line by Harry Kane gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side the win on Sunday.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Cedric Soares of Southampton is challenged by Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Wembley Stadium on December 5, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Pochettino on Rose & Janssen

After said game, Pochettino was questioned on a number of topics, including Danny Rose and Vincent Janssen.

Both Janssen and Rose have been left out of Spurs’ pre-season tour squad so they can search for a new club.

Rose has most recently been linked with a move to Serie A side Juventus, while Janssen is being linked with a move to Mexico.

As such, Pochettino was this afternoon asked for updates on the futures of both players:

‘There are some reports about Vincent Janssen leaving and is there any update on Danny Rose?’

And the Tottenham boss replied:

“I don’t have any information. I am not in charge of that you know. I was so clear in my press conference the day before.

“I try to manage the squad in the best way possible. Our players when we get back to pre-season after China like I told you for different reasons if they are there and they are still our players then of course they will be involved.

“It will be no problem. For different reasons the club takes some decisions and I cannot explain more. It’s not my situation.” As quoted by football.london.

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Zidane confirms Bale will leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid kicked off their 2019 pre-season on Sunday the 21st of July vs Bayern Munich.

Madrid would lose 3-1 thanks to goals from Corentin Tolisso, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.

Rodrygo scored Los Blancos’ only goal of the game.

Gareth Bale was completely omitted from the matchday squad vs Bayern.

After said game, Zinedine Zidane explained Bale was left out of the squad because the club are working on selling him:

“He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play.

“We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to.

“It’s nothing personal. There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done. I’ve not got anything against him. We have to make decisions and change things, that’s all there is to it.” As quoted by the Telegraph.

MADRID, SPAIN – JANUARY 24: Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid looks on during the Copa del Rey, Quarter Final, Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 24, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Bale to China?

Now, it looks as though the Welshman could be on his way to China.

According to the Telegraph, Beijing Guoan want to make Bale the highest-paid footballer in Chinese football history.

However, the Telegraph does speculate as to whether or not the 30-year-old would want to move to China.

The Telegraph also claim the highest-paid player in China is currently Ezequiel Lavezzi who is believed to be on £500,000-per-week.

During his stint in Madrid Bale has featured 231 times and won 13 trophies.

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Liverpool Arrive In USA For Preseason Tour

Liverpool have brought a 28-man squad to the United States where the Champions League winners will play three matches while Stateside, starting off against Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana.

From there they will travel to Fenway Park in Boston for a match against Sevilla and then follow that up with Sporting Lisbon at Yankee Stadium in New York.

A number of Liverpool’s top players have been given extended time off following their international duty in the Copa America or the Africa Cup of Nations.

For example, Liverpool have called up 35-year-old Andy Lonergan for the tour, with first-choice keeper Alisson on holiday and young backups injured.

The US tour will give other youngsters a chance to shine, including the likes of Rhian Brewster, who is much liked by Klopp.

Liverpool have started off the pre-season well so far, scoring a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers on July 11 followed by a 3-1 win over Bradford on July 14.

After returning from the US, they’ll wrap up their long list of pre-season matches with games against Napoli, Lyon and Manchester City in the Community Shield.

They will also face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup during the first week of the Premier League season.

Liverpool travelling squad: Clyne, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Mignolet, Brewster, Robertson, Origi, Matip, Kent, Lewis, Phillips, Jones, Hoever, Ojrzynski, Duncan, Woodburn, Wilson, Larouci, Alexander-Arnold, Van den Berg, Atherton.

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Bale’s Agent Calls Zidane A Disgrace

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Zinedine Zidane stepped up his attempt to force Gareth Bale out of Real Madrid this summer by leaving him in the stands for the club’s first pre-season friendly and declaring – the sooner he goes the better.

Zidane gave 22 players a run-out with 11 playing the first half and 11 in the second period against Bayern Munich but Bale was sent to the stands in a power play designed to force the player’s camp to find a new home for the Welshman as soon as possible.

Asked why he had been left out he said:

‘He has not been called up because I think the club is trying to work out his departure.’

Asked if that meant Bale, who has been linked with moves to China and Manchester United, will depart from Real Madrid imminently or if it was just his intention to leave him out all summer he said:

‘I’m not going to get into that.

‘Bale did not play because he is very close to leaving. If it’s tomorrow [that he goes] then all the better. Better for him too. We hope he leaves soon, it would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.’

Asked if it was personal between the player and the coach he added:

‘It’s not personal. A moment comes when you do these things.

‘I have nothing against Gareth. We have to change.’

The Real Madrid boss also confirmed he had asked the club to sell the former Tottenham forward.

Zidane said: ‘That’s the way things are. I am the coach and I have spoken to the club. The decision is the coach’s.’

Zidane’s comments stunned Spanish media in Houston for the defeat by Bayern Munich. They reported last week that the French coach had been told by club president Florentino Perez that he would have to accommodate the Welshman because of the increasingly likelihood he will not be sold this summer.,

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, was quick to response to Zidane’s comments, branding the Madrid a manager a ‘disgrace’ for his comments.

‘He shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid,’ Barnett said.

‘If and when Gareth does go it will be because it is in his best interest and not because of Zidane pushing’, he added.