Paul Pogba is intending to leave Manchester United in the summer window, according to reports.
The midfielder has had a difficult few months due to a series of injuries and has barely appeared for United in that time — playing just twice since September of last year.
He is currently out with an ankle injury and missed out on United’s warm-weather training camp in Marbella.
And now the Manchester Evening News are reporting that he is planning to leave Old Trafford after the end of the season.
Pogba’s contract will have just 12 months left to run come the end of the current season.
That might mean United have to make a decision on his future ahead of the summer window.
The likes of Real Madrid and Juventus have previously been credited with an interest in the World Cup winner.
Former England striker Darren Bent said last week that he thought a pair of Premier League rivals could be in for the 26-year-old.
‘When you talk about Manchester United selling him, I think there’s going to be a whole host of teams lining up to get him,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘I know people are saying they [United] are going to have to take a loss on him, but I can see him going pretty much anywhere he wants – certain teams in the Premier League by the way.
‘When someone like a Paul Pogba comes available on the market – and let’s not forget he’s only 26 – there’s going to be so many takers.
‘It wouldn’t surprise me if teams like Manchester City come in for him. I can see him getting in Liverpool’s team, too. If he’s on top, top form he can get in most teams in the world.’
Mourinho on the look
While Tottenham players, like others across the Premier League, enjoy a week or so of well-earned downtime, there’s no winter break for their head coach.
Other managers and squads may be soaking in some February sunshine in locations such as Dubai and Marbella, but Jose Mourinho is busy targeting Champions League progression.
He braved the weekend’s stormy weather to fly to Munich, to watch the top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.
Spurs play Leipzig on February 19. It’s about fine margins.
“Some skills that sometimes during the game are hidden. It’s a different intensity. It’s a different experience. I couldn’t miss the opportunity.”
Mourinho is happy to see the winter break but says he does not need a holiday personally.
He said: “The players needed some days off. For their body and soul they needed a rest. But not for me.
“I think the best way to try and help the team is to work.”
In a newspaper column, Paul Merson suggested Mourinho is actually already regretting his decision to take over at Spurs after a positive start.
Mesut Ozil sends message from Dubai training camp
Arsenal will be back in Premier League action in less than a week.
Before the mid-season winter break, the Gunners drew 0-0 with Burnley – a result which kept their unbeaten record across all competitions in 2020 under Mikel Arteta intact.
However, there’s not been too many victories to celebrate during this period.
Two wins from the last 17 Premier League games is hardly the form of a side hoping to seal a top-four spot, so Arsenal really need to make the most of their Dubai training camp and hit the ground running against Newcastle United.
With that said, here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
After joining up with the rest of the Arsenal squad in Dubai, Mesut Ozil sent a message about “the challenges ahead” as the Gunners aim to secure European football next year.
Aaron Ramsey linked with Juventus exit
Former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has been linked with a shock exit from Juventus after only moving to Italy last summer.
The 29-year-old left the Emirates for Turin on a free transfer following 11 seasons at Arsenal.
It all started well for Ramsey, who scored on his debut in a victory over Verona.
The Wales star has struggled since due to injuries which have hampered his progress at the club and led to him only featuring 11 times in the Serie A so far this term.
It has now been claimed that former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who took over at Juventus last summer, does not see Ramsey in his long-term plans at the club.
Ed Woodward says Manchester United see this summer as important in rebuild
Ed Woodward has told a Manchester United fans forum that they see this summer as an “important opportunity” in the club’s rebuild but has acknowledged they “are not yet where we want to be” in challenging for titles.
United’s board and executive vice-chairman, Woodward, have come in for criticism from supporters with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side currently eighth in the Premier League after struggling with inconsistency throughout the campaign
Jose Mourinho says ‘fantastic’ Wolves and Sheffield United are contenders for top four
Wolves and Sheffield United are both genuine contenders for the top four positions in the Premier League, according to Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho has heaped praise on the work both Nuno Espirito Santo and Chris Wilder have done with their respective clubs this season
Unai Emery: Some Arsenal players had bad attitudes during my reign
Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery has accused some of his ex-players of not having “a good attitude” in a stout defence of his 18-month reign at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spaniard was relieved of his duties in November last year after a run of seven games in all competitions without a win, with the Gunners eight points adrift of the Premier League’s top four.
The role Mauricio Pochettino played in Bruno Fernandes’ £46.5m Manchester Deal Revealed
Bruno Fernandes was thinking about joining Tottenham Hotspur prior to completing a January transfer to Manchester United.
That’s according to the midfielder’s former teammate at Sporting CP, Yannick Bolasie.
The future of the Portugal international was finally resolved last month following weeks of speculation which actually stretched all the way back to the summer transfer window and it was the Red Devils who pipped the Lilywhites to the 25-year-old’s signature in a deal worth a reported £46.5m plus add-ons.
But Bolasie has suggested that things could have been different had Spurs not parted company with Mauricio Pochettino a couple of months before the winter window opened.
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