The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.
Man United to swap Pogba for Costa?
Paul Pogba has enjoyed something of a revival at Manchester United since Jose Mourinho was helped through the exit door, but his future at the club still isn’t certain.
The France midfielder is a known admirer of his former club Juventus and the Italian champions are ready to do a summer deal which would see wingerDouglas Costa go in the other direction, according to Tuttosport.
Mourinho was reportedly told that United were planning a raid for Costa shortly before being axed as manager, but that didn’t help matters much. Now it’s down to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to get a deal done for whoever the new boss at Old Trafford is this summer. Though if Pogba keeps up his impressive form, he might want to renegotiate a bit.
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Chelsea are reluctant to sell Willian in January amid concerns that doing so could damage Maurizio Sarri’s chances of leading the club to a top-four finish in the Premier League, sources have said.
Reports on Thursday claimed that Chelsea had rejected an offer worth £50m from Barcelona for Willian that would see fellow Brazilian winger Malcom move in the other direction to Stamford Bridge.
Sources said that it would take a significant cash bid for Chelsea to consider parting with Willian, who is regarded by Sarri as a key first-team contributor despite his status as an unpopular figure with many fans.
Mauricio Pochettino has said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘smotivation to beat Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday will have little to do with the managerial situation at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer could boost his chances of keeping the job if he masterminds a win at Wembley, but Pochettino said: “The motivation is always going to be there.
“Of course, when you’re a manager or coach you cannot be focused on all the rumours. The most important thing is the motivation that we have to do our job in our best way.
“For him it’s a massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United, like for me it’s a massive challenge to be in front for this football club, Tottenham.
Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi has been linked with a move to Monaco but manager Thierry Henry isn’t giving too much away.
“Michy? I know him, we rubbed shoulders with Belgium, he is a player who can be interesting,” he said. “But again, nothing is done. You have to be patient. It’s important that players know the championship, though.”
Former Leicester defender Robert Huth always had a way with words.