Paul Pogba is PSG-bound and could be joined by Romelu Lukaku while Arsenal have been told a Neves price…
PSG TO TAKE MAN UNITED FLOPS?
‘Paul Pogba is ready to come to Paris, as is his family. All lights are green,’ says Foot Mercato, who say Pogba is PSG’s priority signing this summer, when he will be out of contract at Manchester United. After an October offer to make him the Premier League’s highest-paid player, negotiations are now off with United and he is bound for PSG. There is no other serious competition for his signature.
There’s also talk in The Sun about Romelu Lukaku being offered to PSG, though it would be cheaper for them to move for Ajax star Anthony or Amine Gouiri of Nice as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe. They really could be a retirement home for all manner of overpaid Premier League flops.
ARSENAL WANT NEVES
‘Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is emerging as one of Arsenal’s top summer transfer targets,’ says Sky Sports, which is not a new claim, though the valuation of £50-60m just might be. That sounds like something of a bargain to us and if that’s too rich for the Gunners, then Barcelona, Manchester United or Tottenham will surely pay that price for a player who could yet decide the title race.
The Gunners are looking for a long-term partner for Thomas Partey in midfield and Neves is definitely an upgrade on Granit Xhaka. Another option is Aston Villa man Douglas Luiz. They are also in the market for a striker (or two, surely?) and a more attacking right-back.
NEWCASTLE TURN TO TROSSARD
While many presumed that Allan Saint-Maximin would be part of the ‘new Newcastle’, the Mail are the latest to say that actually, the Frenchman will be sold to help fund a splurge on new players. One of those new players might be Brighton’s Belgian winger Leandro Trossard, who wants to leave the Seagulls for a new challenge. Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson and Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby are also being eyed.
Newcastle have already raided Brighton for Dan Burn and Dan Ashworth, and may get prickly if they come back for both Trossard and midfielder Yves Bissouma, also a target for Newcastle and every other Premier League club with ambitions to break up the Big Six.