PSG battle Juventus for Paul Pogba as midfielder considers Zidane factor

Paris Saint-Germain have made a final desperate attempt to convince Paul Pogba of a move as he nears a free transfer to Juventus.

The 29-year-old French midfielder is leaving Manchester United on a free transfer this month after six fairly miserable years in the North West of England.

Pogba failed to fully convince the United fans and pundits alike, leading to much criticism across his six-year stay. He’s now set for a much-anticipated return to Juventus.

As reported by La Repubblica, PSG recently offered Pogba a contract with a salary worth €13.5m net per season plus add-ons, significantly higher than the deal agreed with Juventus.

The 29-year-old is said to be stalling as reports claim Zinedine Zidane is set to replace Mauricio Pochettino as the Ligue 1 side’s boss, according to RMC sport.

Liverpool beat Manchester United to free-scoring Darwin Nunez, set to undergo medical on Monday

Darwin Nunez is reportedly set to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Monday after the Reds agreed a club record fee with Benfica.

Liverpool will pay £64m up front with performance-related add-ons taking the eventual package beyond the £75m Virgil van Dijk cost.

According to talkSPORT, Nunez has already agreed personal terms.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said: “Darwin Núñez agreement on personal terms with Liverpool is for the next six years: contract will be valid until June 2028.

“Núñez is now in Spain with his agent, just waiting to fly to Merseyside once the contracts between clubs are signed – could be tomorrow.”

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Former Chelsea star to undergo Roma medical on Monday ahead of reunion with Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic will undergo his medical with Roma tomorrow, according to Sky Sport Italia.

The Serbia international will join José Mourinho’s side on a free transfer from the Red Devils. The coach and the midfielder will reunite for the third time after spells with Chelsea and at Old Trafford.

Sky Sport Italia reports, via Football Italia, that the 33-year-old will arrive in the capital on Moday to undergo his medical with the Giallorossi and sign a one-year contract.

The deal comes with an option to extend his contract at the club for one more season. Matic will reportedly get €3.5m at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma had planned to have Matic’s medical at the beginning of July, but the club has reportedly changed their stance, anticipating the midfielder’s arrival in the capital.

Matic has played 159 games under Mourinho, more than with any other coach. He will replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is set to join Inter as a free agent.

PSG offer for Chelsea, Tottenham target rejected

Paris Saint-Germain have had their first transfer offer of €50 million turned down for Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar, reports Foot Mercato.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be tracking the player and could sneak in if PSG fail to meet Inter’s demands.

PSG have identified the Slovakia captain as a key reinforcement for this summer, but despite the Nerazzurri being keen to raise funds to bring back Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, Simone Inzaghi’s side aren’t prepared to part with the 27-year-old defender unless they receive a transfer fee that reflects their valuation.

Inter could also use Chelsea’s interest in Skriniar to drive a deal for Lukaku.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are seeking a fee of around €80m, but could be prepared to negotiate at €70m. With Skriniar deemed to be a priority target for PSG this summer, it is expected that they will return with an improved offer.

Mauricio Pochettino, Paris Saint-Germain part ways

Paris Saint-Germain have parted company with Mauricio Pochettino by mutual consent, according to reports.

The former Tottenham manager departs the Parc des Princes after 18 months at the helm.

Pochettino, 50, delivered Ligue 1 title glory last season, but failed to win the first Champions League crown that PSG’s Qatari owners so covet.

According to The Athletic, via the Sun, both parties agreed it would be better to move on during an end of season meeting last week.

Zinedine Zidane, Jose Mourinho and Christophe Galtier are among the favourites to replace Pochettino.

PSG have also axed former sporting director Leonardo.

The Brazilian has been replaced by new football advisor Luis Campos in Paris.

Campos, 57, previously worked at Monaco – where he struck a good working relationship with PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.

More recently the Portuguese worked at Lille, helping them win the Ligue 1 title under Galtier.

Campos has also worked with another contender for the PSG job Mourinho, having been employed as a scout by Real Madrid in 2012.

Reports circulated earlier this week that PSG had finally agreed a deal with No1 choice Zidane.

These rumours were quickly denied by the Ligue 1 champions, although interest in Zizou remains.

Pochettino succeeded Thomas Tuchel as PSG boss in January 2021.

Thomas Tuchel on vacation in Italy, jokes with Inter Milan fans about Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has joked with Italians over Romelu Lukaku’s situation at Chelsea during his holiday in Italy this summer.

According to Football Italia, while Tuchel jokes with Italians about Lukaku’s return to Inter, work continues between the clubs to work out a deal, which could see Denzel Dumfries go to Stamford Bridge.

As if the transfer speculation weren’t intense enough, Tuchel decided to take a vacation in Italy this summer and had lunch at a restaurant in Città di Castello that just happened to be run by an Inter fan.

“Tuchel was very kind, we had a good laugh over the Lukaku situation, he ordered two pizzas for himself and his partner, congratulated us on the restaurant and its location. It was lovely,” owner Eulo Mattioni told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

It’s no secret that the difficult rapport between Tuchel and Lukaku is one of the reasons behind the striker’s desire to leave Chelsea and return to Inter.

The Belgian was regularly dropped to the bench in the second half of the season in favour of a False 9, as Lukaku’s characteristics do not fit in with Tuchel’s tactical approach.

Tuttomercatoweb claim Chelsea are now open to a loan deal, but only if they receive circa €20-25m in the process.

The only way that could be feasible is including a player in an exchange, and the main candidate is currently wing-back Dumfries.

He was only signed from PSV Eindhoven under a year ago for €13.7m and his transfer value has now almost doubled thanks to five goals and seven assists in 45 competitive games.

Man suspected of issuing death threats to former Chelsea star arrested

Police in Brazil have arrested a man after former Arsenal and Chelsea star Willian was sent chilling death threats.

Willian received heinous messages threatening him with bullets and knives online.

This caused the Corinthians winger to get the police involved as he feared his wife and two young daughters would also be targeted, the Mirror reported.

And now the Barra Funda Strategic Special Operations division have revealed they’ve detained a 21-year-old man.

The perpetrator will be charged for the offence despite claiming he never expected the threats to be taken seriously, the report added.

Belgium manager Martinez reacts to Romelu Lukaku plan to return to Inter

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez claims Romelu Lukaku needs to feel important to thrive, amid links with a move to Inter Milan after a nightmare season at Chelsea.

The future of the Belgium forward is up in the air at Stamford Bridge after Lukaku failed to shine following his £98million move from Inter Milan last summer.

Lukaku has been linked with a return to the Serie A side either on loan or a permanent transfer.

But Martinez, who has managed Lukaku previously at Everton and now with the Red Devils, believes to get the best out of the 29-year-old you need to play to his strengths.

Martinez said: “We try to ask Romelu to do what he is exceptional at.

“Romelu is a sensational goal scorer. In the national team that is what we want.

“Romelu needs to be the final man, he needs to be in the right position and needs to be the one that hits the back of the net.

“That’s probably the answer that I can give you. We don’t ask Rom to do things that he is not exceptional at.”

Martinez also spoke about what’s best for Lukaku’s future, with rumours he’s set to leave Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish boss said: “He is very clear in what he wants. He wants to be important, he wants to enjoy his football and I’m convinced the decision in the summer will be the right one.

“If it is staying at Chelsea then I’m sure it will be for the right reasons. If it is moving away then it’s because everyone agrees to it.

“In Belgium we are quite relaxed with the situation of Romelu. I know he is a big topic.

“Romelu is a player I know very well. I managed him at club level (at Everton) at a very young age.

“He was 19 and had a very different position than he has now. Now he’s a player who is very mature and very clear about what he wants.”