Revealed: Why Paul Pogba made Manchester City U-turn

Paul Pogba reached an agreement to join Manchester City before U-turning due to concerns over the reaction he would receive from Manchester United fans, according to reports.

The World Cup winner is set to leave Old Trafford as a free agent this summer as his contract is due to expire.

Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have all held talks over a deal for the 29-year-old.

But Pogba also had the chance to remain in the Premier League as City were also keen on a move.

The Times report that City had even agreed personal terms with Pogba but the midfielder opted against joining Pep Guardiola’s side as he felt his life would be made ‘unbearable’ by United supporters if he remained in Manchester.

The report claims that Pogba has informed City that his next move will be to a club outside of the Premier League.

Earlier this week, Pogba’s representatives met with Juventus to discuss the prospect of re-joining the Serie A club this summer.

The France international won four Serie A titles during his first stint at Juve before he returned to United in an £89 million deal in 2016.

Paulo Dybala snubs Premier League clubs for Serie A move

Soon-to-be free agent Paulo Dybala has reportedly ruled out a move to England as he closes in on a transfer to Inter Milan.

Dybala is set to depart Juventus after spending seven years of his club career there.

The Argentine is attracting interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs, with the likes of Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Roma all interested.

Manchester United and Tottenham, who have both been long-term admirers of the forward are also keen on exploring a possible deal.

Juventus chief arrives in London for Chelsea star

Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has touched down in London to try and secure a deal for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, with the Italian reportedly keen to leave Stamford Bridge.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have made Jorginho one of their main targets for the summer transfer window and have begun efforts to prise him away from the west London club.

Sporting director Cherubini is in London and will hold talks with representatives of Chelsea in the coming days to discuss the possibility of doing a deal once sanctions have been lifted.

The fact that Chelsea have not rebuffed the talks suggests there might be a degree of willingness to cash in on the 30-year-old, who only has one year left on his contract.

The Blues have already been stung by Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, both of whom ran down their contracts and will now leave the club on free transfers, and will not want to be put in that position again.

This summer would represent Chelsea’s last chance to get a decent fee for Jorginho and the player himself is believed to be keen on a return to Italy.

Although Juve are yet to agree a deal with Chelsea, Gazzetta claim talks over personal terms with Jorginho have reached an advanced stage and they are in the process of offloading Arthur and Winston McKennie to make room in their squad.

Chelsea are not the only London club Cherubini is speaking to, with the Juve chief also looking to raid Arsenal for defender Gabriel Magalhaes – though the Gunners would be extremely reluctant to sell and are expected to demand a massive fee.

Thomas Tuchel opens up over ‘unhappy’ Kepa’s future before showdown talks

Thomas Tuchel says he knows Kepa Arrizabalaga is ‘unhappy’ and the keeper’s future ‘depends on what he wants’

Edouard Mendy’s back-up stopper has three years left on his seven-year contract as he heads for showdown talks with Chelsea boss Tuchel.

Kepa has been linked to Newcastle and Lazio

And Tuchel said: “We are very privileged to have Edou and Kepa

“But I also know for sure that Kepa is not happy about the situation because he deserved to play more and he can be a very strong number one.

“As a coach, of course I’m super happy to have both strong goalkeepers so let’s see.”

Barcelona president explains why his club cannot sign Kylain Mbappe, Erling Haaland

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed the club aren’t willing to pay the salaries demanded by the likes of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe or Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

Mbappe, 23, becomes a free agent next month and will soon announce where he is going to play next season. The France international is a target of Real Madrid and Liverpool and has an offer to continue at PSG beyond this summer, but sources have told ESPN that PSG have given up on him staying.

Haaland, 21, has agreed a €60m move to Man City in the summer and is set to earn around set to earn around €440,000-per-week, which would make him one of the top earners at the club.

Asked if Barca are interested in signing players like Mbappe or Haaland, Laporta said: “There are players in which even if we had the money to do it, we would not do it. It would distort the salary structure and our spending would shoot up again, and that cannot happen again.

“We all have to be aware of that and it is something that we are instilling in the club in all areas. You cannot go past a certain spending level. Mbappe is asking for €40m-€50m net. He wants €50m net. Mbappe is at a level of the superstars. Then neither one nor the other win the Champions League. That also has to be taken into account. We will not talk about salaries of €25m, €30m or €40m net.”

Barcelona have worked hard this season on cutting down costs, including wage cuts, to reduce their negative spending limit and debts of €1.2 billion.

Thomas Tuchel reacts to Azplicueta exit reports

Thomas Tuchel has spoken on why Cesar Azplicueta wants to leave Chelsea.

He said: “We had a lot of these talks because very genuinely it felt like he won everything after the Club World Cup, then suddenly given his personal situation I can understand these thoughts that maybe a cycle is at its end.

“Then it is a change of ownership and he played only under this owner in this structure so it maybe increased even his second thoughts about his situation.

“But then his extension kicked in at the same time.”