Paul Pogba

Real Madrid put off by Paul Pogba’s wage demands?

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could price himself out of a move to Real Madrid, according to a report. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could reportedly price himself out of a move to Real Madrid. The future of the Frenchman continues to be called into question, with Madrid believed to be preparing a summer move for the 2018 World Cup winner. However, according to AS, Pogba’s huge wage demands have placed the move in jeopardy, with the 26-year-old said to be earning in the region of £15m a year at Old Trafford. Pogba has scored 16 times and contributed 11 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions for the 20-time English champions this term. However, the midfielder struggled to make his mark against Barcelona over two legs of their Champions League quarter-final a...

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane ‘impressed by Paul Pogba leadership’

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly keen to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United due to the Frenchman’s leadership qualities. The leadership qualities of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba are reportedly a major reason behind Real Madrid‘s desire to sign him this summer. Madrid have been linked with a number of high-profile raids on the Premier League as they look to revamp their squad following a dismal campaign both domestically and in Europe. Pogba is understood to be one of the club’s top targets, with manager Zinedine Zidane having personally earmarked his compatriot as a transfer priority. Marca reports that Zidane has been particularly impressed by Pogba’s leadership and ability to generate team spirit, increasing his desire to bring him ...

Jose Mourinho criticises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for approach to Barcelona game

Jose Mourinho questions Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Barcelona. Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the way he approached Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Barcelona. The Red Devils headed into the quarter-final second leg trailing 1-0 from the cagey opening 90 minutes at Old Trafford that saw them fail to register a single shot on target. United initially started well at Camp Nou but they were unable to take their early chances and Barca were two goals ahead inside 20 minutes, before adding a third of the night – and fourth of the tie – on the hour. Mourinho, who was replaced by Solskjaer in mid-December, believes that his former club could have done...

Paul Pogba, David de Gea ‘demand new Manchester United deals’

Manchester United pair Paul Pogba and David de Gea both demand pay rises at Old Trafford, according to a report. Manchester United pair Paul Pogba and David de Gea have reportedly both demanded pay rises at Old Trafford as the club face the possibility of missing out on a top-four spot in the Premier League table. United are currently sixth in England’s top flight, two points off fourth-placed Arsenal ahead of three huge games against Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea. Should the Red Devils fail to qualify for the Champions League next season then it is understood that every player at the club would have their weekly wage reduced by 25%. According to The Times, both Pogba and De Gea want new contracts to offset the clause, but it is not guaranteed that either player will commit th...

Real Madrid to hand Zinedine Zidane €500m war chest?

Real Madrid are allegedly ready to provide Zinedine Zidane with a €500m (£432.55m) transfer budget for the summer window, according to former boss Fabio Capello. Former manager Fabio Capello has claimed that Real Madrid are ready to hand Zinedine Zidane a transfer budget of €500m (£432.55m). Zidane has recently returned to the Bernabeu, and it has resulted in frequent speculation regarding summer moves for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. Real have also been linked with other high-profile players, and Capello has suggested that there could be truth in reports indicating that the Spanish giants are prepared to spend big ahead of next season. Capello told Sky Sports Italia: “I was in Barcelona and I was told that this year Real Madrid have €500m to ...

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane ‘still has faith in Paul Pogba’

A report claims that Zinedine Zidane still has faith in Paul Pogba, despite the midfielder failing to impress in Manchester United’s heavy loss to Barcelona. Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly not been put off making a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, despite his disappointing display against Barcelona in midweek. Madrid are looking to massively revamp their squad in the summer transfer window and the 26-year-old is one of a few high-profile names being mentioned as a possible target. Pogba has enjoyed a much better second half of the season compared to the first, but he produced a shoddy performance in United’s 3-0 loss to Barcelona on Tuesday evening, which was considered an audition of sorts. According to The Sun, however, the ex Juventus-ace re...

Report: Real Madrid step up bid for Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard

A report claims that Real Madrid remain on course to sign Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba, from Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, in the summer window. Real Madrid have stepped up their double pursuit of Premier League stars Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba, according to a report. The Spanish giants are looking to strengthen their squad this summer following a poor campaign that has seen them sack two managers and reappoint ex-boss Zinedine Zidane. Chelsea forward Hazard is widely considered to be Madrid’s top target, while Manchester United midfielder Pogba and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane have also been touted as ‘luxury’ options, due to their respective clubs’ reluctance to sell at any price. That has not put Madrid off making an approach for Pogba, however, as Th...

Result: Messi nets brace as Barcelona dump United out of CL

Barcelona book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Manchester United. Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho netted the other as Barcelona booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of their quarter-final at Camp Nou. Barca entered the match with a 1-0 advantage earned from the first leg at Old Trafford, and it proved to be a comfortable progression to the final four at United’s expense. The Spanish champions, who are on for a treble this season, will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-finals of the competition. © Reuters Barca’s team showed one change from the first leg last week, with Sergi Roberto taking the place of Nelson Semedo at righ...

Result: Lionel Messi nets brace as Barcelona reach Champions League semi-finals

Barcelona book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Manchester United. Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho netted the other as Barcelona booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of their quarter-final at Camp Nou. Barca entered the match with a 1-0 advantage earned from the first leg at Old Trafford and it proved to be a comfortable progression to the final four at United’s expense. The Spanish champions, who are on for a treble this season, will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-finals of the competition. © Reuters Barca’s team showed one change from the first leg last week, with Sergi Roberto taking the place of Nelson Semedo at right...

Report: Sadio Mane, Paul Pogba luxury targets for Real Madrid

A report claims that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba are considered luxury signings for Real Madrid. Real Madrid reportedly have two transfer plans in place that will see them either sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea or move for ‘luxury signings’ Paul Pogba or Sadio Mane. Los Blancos have already added Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes to their squad for next season as part of a major summer overhaul. Zinedine Zidane has been backed by president Florentino Perez to bring in at least one ‘Galactico’ signing, with Chelsea forward Hazard his preferred choice. According to El Confidencial the Belgium international has been placed on Madrid’s ‘cheap’ transfer list, along with free agent Adrien Rabiot and Eintracht Frankf...

Premier League Team of the Week – Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil van Dijk

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 34, including Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne and Virgil van Dijk. The 2018-19 Premier League season edged one more game towards its conclusion this weekend, with Liverpool still leading a title race which looks set to go down to the wire. Manchester City momentarily returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the Reds responded by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move two points clear – albeit having played a game more than the champions. Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield saw their top-four hopes take a blow as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all won, with Spurs among the biggest victors of the weekend courtesy of their 4-0 triumph over relegated Huddersfiel...

Manchester United ‘set Paul Pogba price’ amid Real Madrid interest

Manchester United inform Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, that the club will not consider offers of under £130m for his client, according to a report. Manchester United have reportedly informed Paul Pogba‘s agent, Mino Raiola, that the club will not consider offers of under £130m for the French midfielder in this summer’s transfer window. United are reportedly keen to hand Pogba the captain’s armband in a bid to convince the 26-year-old to snub interest from Real Madrid and stay at Old Trafford. According to Marca, the Red Devils could be open to a sale, but the reigning European champions would have to come up with a bid of around £130m to land the 2018 World Cup winner. Solskjaer recently insisted that United would keep hold of the midfielder this summer, but it h...

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