Football Gossip & Transfer News For July 21, 2016


Juventus have accepted Paul Pogba’s request to rejoin Manchester United, and the clubs have agreed a world-record £100m fee for the 23-year-old. (L’Equipe – in French)

United have agreed personal terms with the France international, who will sign a five-year contract worth £220,000 a week after tax. (Daily Mail)

The Red Devils will pay £18.4m to Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, to complete the deal. (Guardian)

United are also expected to sign Brentford winger Joshua Bohui, 17, who will sign a three-year contract. (Manchester Evening News)

Mirror back page
The back page of Thursday’s Daily Mirror

Sam Allardyce will earn a basic salary of £2.5m a year as England manager, but incentives mean he could receive more than the £3.5m his predecessor Roy Hodgson was paid. (Daily Mirror)

Allardyce was the Football Association’s second choice, after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned down the job. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes will succeed Allardyce at Sunderland. (Sun)

Manchester City are close to completing the £42m signing of Schalke forward Leroy Sane, 20, who will sign a four-year £100,000-a-week deal. (Sun)

City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, who he managed at Bayern Munich. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have turned down a £14.25m bid from Borussia Monchengladbach for defender Andreas Christensen, 20, who is in the middle of a two-year loan spell at the German club. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle have had a £5.5m bid accepted for Blackburn centre-back Grant Hanley, 24. (Chronicle)

Magpies midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, is closing in on a £25m move to Liverpool. (Sunderland Echo)

Guardian sports page
The front page of Thursday’s Guardian sport section

Swansea have offered in excess of £10m for Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli, 26. (Times – subscription required)

West Brom will make an improved £10m offer for Leicester full-back Jeffrey Schlupp, 23, after having an initial £9m bid rejected. (Birmingham Mail)

The Baggies are yet to accept Stoke’s £20m bid for striker Saido Berahino, and want to sign a forward before selling the 22-year-old.(Sky Sports)

Liverpool full-back Cameron Brannagan’s move to Wigan could collapse because the Championship side cannot guarantee the 20-year-old will play in 75% of games during his loan spell.(Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United target Paul Pogba posted an Instagram picture of himself playing basketball while on holiday in Miami, asking people to “let me rest a bit”.

Paul Pogba

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech posted a selfie on Twitter captioned “good to be back” as he returned to training following Euro 2016.

Peter Cech

Former Roma and Real Madrid full-back Cicinho says Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League by “pure luck” – and failed to remember Leicester’s name in an interview. ( via ESPN)

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