One of the biggest transfer questions this summer is the future of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at Old Trafford. The time might be right for the player to leave Manchester United finally.
Paul Pogba’s commitment to Manchester United has been heavily questioned in the past months especially after he publicly admitted that he wants to leave the club that trained him for the second time. The Manchester United Academy graduate left the club for Juventus when he was a teenager before returning four years later in 2016.
Two major C-factors have led to the general consensus that this summer is the best time for Pogba to leave. The first factor is his commitment to the Red Devils as pointed out earlier.
The second factor is his contract which will run out in 2022. Manchester United must sell him this summer if they want to receive more than the £89m paid to sign him from Juventus in 2016 since he’s unlikely to sign a new deal at the Theatre of Dreams.
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Manchester United don’t need to worry too much about a potential replacement for Paul Pogba with Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez available for a transfer as long as the club is willing to spend money amidst the financial uncertainties caused by COVID 19.
Saul Niguez has a release clause of £138m in his current Atletico Madrid contract and that’s the major requirement for Manchester United to sign him as long as they are able to convince the player about joining them.
The first main reason why Manchester United need to sign the 25-year-old Spanish international this summer is his quality. He has shown that he has the quality to replace a World Cup winner like Pogba via his performances for Atletico Madrid since making his debut for the club in 2012.
Another reason is his consistency. Unlike Paul Pogba who has battled with injuries in the last two years, Saul Niguez has hardly being injured over the course of his Atletico Madrid career.
Lastly, Saul Niguez is the most rated on the list of midfield targets being scrutinised by Manchester United this summer.
‘One Bites And The Other Kicks’ Diego Costa Jokes About Suarez Arrival
Atletico Madrid attacker Diego Costa has joked about the arrival of Luis Suarez to the club.
Last week, Atletico Madrid signed Luis Suarez from Barcelona in a €6m (£5.5m) deal thus leading to the union of football’s biggest pantomime villains.
The former Chelsea striker was asked about the arrival of Luis Suarez from Spanish La Liga rivals and his answer was controversial as expected.
According to him via the Daily Mirror, one bites and the other kicks.
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Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been involved in several biting incidents in the past, while Diego Costa is notoriously known for kicking opponents on the football pitch.
The two players got off to a good start at the weekend as they were both on the scoresheet in the first league game of the season for Atletico Madrid.
Diego Costa scored the opening goal of the game as Atletico Madrid thrashed Granada 6-1 at home.
On his part, Luis Suarez came off the bench to score two goals and also provide an assist in a little less than 20 minutes.
Uruguayan international Suarez was signed by Atletico Madrid as a direct replacement for Alvaro Morata who has joined Italian Serie A club Juventus on loan for the season.
Why Torreira’s reported move to Atletico cannot be confirmed yet
There have been reports claiming that Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira could be heading to the Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid but that cannot be confirmed.
The Spanish La Liga outfit are keen on signing the Arsenal midfielder with claims that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is a big fan of the former Sampdoria midfielder.
Arsenal have made an attempt to secure a swap deal with Lucas Torreira as they are also interested in the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey but the Madrid team have insisted on separate deals and negotiations for the two players.
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However, is reported that Lucas Torreira has agreed on personal terms with Atletico Madrid with a move imminent but the claim in this report is under threat with the latest report that two Serie A outfits are also keen on the Uruguay international.
Fiorentina and Torino have both made attempts in the past to land Lucas Torreira this summer transfer window and they are reportedly not willing o end their chase cheaply, according to Calcio Mercato.
However, the decision will be left to Arsenal to make as they are not interested in a loan move for Lucas Torreira as proposed by Atletico Madrid. This means any club willing to meet his asking price will have the deal.
Arsenal might consider London swap ahead of Atletico Madrid deal
North London outfit are keen on bringing in a midfielder with manager Mikel Arteta having his attention on Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey from Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.
It has been a stressful wait to land a midfielder as the Gunners are unwilling to meet the valuation of the Atletico Madrid player due to the lack of funds. Efforts to reduce the financial burden of £45 million by including a player in the deal have been rejected by the Spanish La Liga outfit.
However, it is now reported that the Gunners are considering moving in for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as an alternative for Thomas Partey with Daily Express reporting that the two London clubs are in talks.
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Should an agreement be reached between the two London clubs, the North London outfit will be sending Matteo Guendouzi to west London but the Gunners will have to add some cash to make the deal work through.
While this report cannot be confirmed, the North London club have confirmed that they are actively in the summer transfer market and are hoping to bring in new legs before it is shut down.
The Arsenal outcast has been offered to Atletico Madrid in a proposed swap deal for Thomas Partey but it was rejected.
Arsenal Handed Thomas Partey Ultimatum By Atletico Madrid After £49.5m Agreement
Premier League team Arsenal have been handed an ultimatum to fulfil the release clause obligations in the contract of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey or risk losing out on him.
Renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed via his official Twitter account that the Gunners will have to pay the €50m (£45m) release clause in Partey’s contract at the club before adding that Arsenal have less than two weeks to pull off the signing.
The transfer guru also pointed out that Atletico Madrid no longer have pressing financial needs after they sanctioned the transfer of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata to Juventus in a £49.5m.
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Morata has returned to Juventus on a loan deal for this season at £8.2m with the option to make his transfer permanent for £41.3m at the end of the loan contract next summer.
Arsenal have been trying to sign Thomas Partey since the current transfer window opened in July.
Atletico Madrid are interested in Arsenal player Lucas Torreira and the Gunners proposed a player-plus-cash offer involving the Uruguayan and Thomas Partey but it was swiftly turned down by the La Liga team.
The Gunners must pay the release clause of the 27-year-old Ghanaian international in full to sign him.
Ex-Chelsea Striker In Turin To Complete Juventus Transfer
Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is closing in on a return to Italian champions Juventus on a loan deal.
The former Chelsea striker is already in Turin as confirmed by the Italians.
Morata is expected to sign for Juventus on loan for €9m with the option to sign permanently for €45m.
The Spanish international is in Juventus for his second spell after spending two years with the Serie A giants between 2014 and 2016.
Alvaro Morata returned to parent club from Real Madrid after he had scored 27 goals in 93 appearances during his two-year loan stay in Turin.
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The 27-year-old won the Spanish La Liga title on his return to Real Madrid before the striker signed for Chelsea for a then club-record fee of around £60m.
The player didn’t have the best of times at Stamford Bridge prompting him to leave the Blues after 18 months.
Alvaro Morata initially signed for the Blues on loan before his transfer was made permanent towards the start of last summer.
He scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga in his first full season at the club.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is expected to replace him at Atletico Madrid.
The 33-year-old is surplus to requirements at Barcelona following the arrival of manager Ronald Koeman.
Report: Arsenal Reject Opening Offer For Midfielder
North London giants Arsenal have rejected the opening offer from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid for one of their midfielders.
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is attracting serious interest from Diego Simeone with the Atletico Madrid boss said to be a fan of the petite Uruguayan international.
Italian journalist Matteo Pedrosi said that the Gunners turned down the opening offer of a loan deal from Atletico Madrid for Lucas Torreira.
Atletico Madrid wanted to sign the Gunners midfielder on loan with an option to sign him on a permanent deal.
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The Spaniards are cash strapped at the moment and they need to release some of their players to fund the signing of new players like Lucas Torreira.
Arsenal are interested in Thomas Partey from the Atletico Madrid squad thus making the potential deals for Torreira and Partey almost straightforward.
Lucas Torreira signed for the Gunners in 2018 following the £26m transfer from Sampdoria in the Italian top flight.
Arteta has preferred midfielders like Granit Xhaka, Mohamed ElNeny, Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos ahead of Torreira.
The Uruguayan international was left out of the Arsenal squad for the opening league game at Fulham which ended in a 3-0 away win for the Gunners.
He was also conspicuously absent for the second league game of the season, a 2-1 win at home to West Ham United.
Manchester United Consider Atletico Madrid Star As Jadon Sancho Alternative
Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix is on the radar of Premier League side Manchester United who are looking for alternatives in the event that they are not able to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
The interest of Manchester United in Joao Felix was confirmed by the Daily Star.
England international Jadon Sancho is the main transfer target for Manchester United this summer. As a matter of fact, the Red Devils’ interest in the player dates back to the start of last season.
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Manchester United were not able to sign the 20-year-old last summer and it seems like the same situation will play out this summer after Borussia Dortmund slammed an asking price of £108m on the player.
The Red Devils have already agreed the agent fees and personal terms for the transfer but it can’t go through if they are not able to agree a transfer fee with Borussia Dortmund.
Joao Felix is seen as an alternative to Jadon Sancho for the Red Devils. Juventus winger Douglas Costa and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale are also alternatives.
Portuguese international Joao Felix, 20, scored nine goals plus three assists in the Spanish La Liga last season. He has five years left on his Atletico Madrid contract having joined the club last summer in a £113m deal.
Is Atletico Madrid forward the right replacement for Jadon Sancho
Emerging reports have claimed that English Premier League club Man United are considering making a move for Atletico Madrid forward as a replacement for Jadon Sancho this summer transfer window.
The Red Devils are not willing to meet the £100 million price set by German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund for the England international winger which means a deal might not happen between the two parties.
Joao Felix is now being considered for a move away from the Spanish La Liga outfit after spending one season with the club. He joined Atletico Madrid in the last summer in a deal worth £113 million.
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It is understood that the Spanish outfit will not mind cashing in from the sale of the player who scored just nine goals and three assists for the club but the Red Devils must be willing to pay a fee close to what is being requested for Jadon Sancho by Borussia Dortmund.
English Premier League giants Man City are reportedly interested in the 20-year-old, who signed a long-term deal with Atletico Madrid but there has not been any concrete offer.
It is now unclear if the Red Devils will be able to meet the asking price of Joao Felix as he will not be available for cheap.
However, Joao Felix is not the only option the Red Devils are currently considering as Juventus star Douglas Costa and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale are also being monitored.