Manchester City are determined to have a huge summer in the transfer market and are ready to match and raise Paris Saint-Germain’s offer of £70million for Paul Pogba.
He’s good, but he’s not that good? The only winners here are Juventus. Pogba is an exciting talent and would relish a return to the Premier League, but surely a move to his hometown team is the most likely outcome. Whoever he joins will have paid £20million more than they should have done.
Real Madrid want to bring Sergio Aguero to the Bernabeu - but the Argentine striker wants to stay at Manchester City.
So he’s saying no to sun and sangria? Yes, because he tasted it as an Atletico player and has no interest in betraying those roots, if the reports are to be believed. Madrid would have to make a seriously good offer to have a chance of pulling off this most audacious of transfers.
Not In-Clyned to sell
Southampton have told Liverpool that they’ll have to up their bid by at least £5million to £15million if they want to sign in-demand right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
Will it happen? This looks like one of those deals that is stuck in first gear, but Liverpool will probably get bored and eventually cave to Southampton’s demands. Clyne is a top quality right back and £15million wouldn’t be the worst business in the world.
Petr Cech is edging closer to becoming an Arsenal player, with personal terms agreed and a deal set to be announced in the coming days.
So how much will he go for? £14million is the figure being touted, which would make it a big outlay but one of the soundest Arsenal could make, given the one position they desperately need to strengthen is in goal. But why would Chelsea want to sell a world class player (and drummer) to a direct rival?
Greener on the other side
…And Chelsea will replace Cech with QPR’s Rob Green.
You’re kidding, Unibet? Nope. Mourinho is a fan of the 35-year-old keeper, who he believes can provide capable cover for Thibaut Courtois. Mourinho likes an experienced goalkeeper as cover having had Hilario and Mark Schwarzer at Chelsea over the years - and the Portuguese coach has his eyes set on Green.