Will Paul Pogba leave Juventus?

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Paul Pogba. Europe’s Golden Boy. One of the most promising young players in Europe. And currently helping Juventus on their way to a third-straight scudetto.

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Will anyone be able to tempt Pogba away from Juventus?

As Pogba grows in stature, so, to, does interest in his future. The 20-year-old has been with the bianconeri since 2012, when he moved from Manchester United. Thanks to injuries to both Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo, the Frenchman was given his chance to shine in midfield this season, becoming a regular starter. He has six goals and five assists in his 26 league appearances with Juventus, and he’s also tipped to be headed to the World Cup with France.

It’s little wonder, then, that some of the biggest clubs in the world are rumored to be after his signature. Juventus, however, insist that Pogba is not for sale. The Old Lady are a buying club, not a selling one, says president Andrea Agnelli, and because they’re still working at building the side’s future, they have no intention of selling Pogba.

But that won’t stop other clubs from trying…

The Contenders

Manchester United

Yes, the club that let Pogba go for nothing now wants him back. David Moyes was in the stands on Wednesday, watching while France defeated the Netherlands 2-0. It’s said that the Frenchman is one of United’s top targets come summer, which is no surprise as the Red Devils are still lacking oomph in the midfield. Juan Mata may have brought them a bit of creativity, but Pogba’s technique wouldn’t go amiss in a side hoping to get themselves back on track.

Real Madrid

Real might be top of La Liga, in the hunt for a Champions League trophy and in general one of the best teams in the world right now, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use another midfielder in their midst – particularly one with Pogba’s power. Sky Italia reported that Beppe Marotta was in Madrid for talks with Real – under the cover of the friendly between Spain and Italy – but the Juve director general refused to say whether the talks had been about Pogba.

Paris Saint-Germain

Marotta was in Madrid, Agnelli in Paris, so where, oh where is Pogba going? Well, PSG are keen to add a few more native sons to their soil. Yes, they landed Yohan Cabaye in January, but the Parisians would sure love to put Pogba in midfield as well. If any club can test Juve’s desire to keep ahold of Pogba, it’s PSG and their piles of cash. You’d think that their squad is strong enough already, sitting eight points clear of Monaco in the Ligue 1 table and almost certainly securing a spot in the next round of the Champions League after beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in Germany, but if there’s anything that Bayern Munich have taught us, it’s that it’s impossible for a team to be too good.

Brazil’s Gremio wins Recopa Sudamericana in penalty shootout

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PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) Brazil’s Gremio has won the Recopa Sudamericana, beating Argentina’s Independiente 5-4 in a penalty shootout Wednesday night.

The two-legged final ended 1-1 on aggregate, with no goals scored after 120 minutes in the second.

The winners of last year’s Copa Libertadores overcame the holders of Copa Sudamericana after goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe stopped the last penalty of the series, taken by Independiente’s striker Martin Benitez.

The Recopa is played between the champions of South America’s two most important tournaments.

Independiente played most of the match down to 10 players after defender Fernando Amorebieta was sent off after 38 minutes.

The Brazilians made most of the pressure until the end of extra time, but failed to score.

Gremio also won the Recopa in 1996.

CCL wrap: FC Dallas disappoints; Club America struts (video)

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The CONCACAF Champions League returned Tuesday with Toronto FC’s 2-0 quarterfinal first leg win in Colorado, and a trio of ties began Wednesday across Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

[ WATCH: Fred’s vicious free kick ]

Tauro 1-0 FC Dallas

Veteran striker Edwin Aguilar scored a big goal, and goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane did plenty of good things as the Panamanian side struck a wild first blow against its MLS visitors.

Here’s a random fact underscoring how remarkable of a failure this would be for FC Dallas: Only six of Tauro’s roster members have their own Wikipedia page.

Deportivo Saprissa 1-5 Club America

Cecilio Dominguez and Mateus Uribe each bagged a brace, and Renato Ibarra also scored as the tournament’s top team sauntered into and out of Costa Rica on Wednesday. Club America has been to seven CCL finals, and one every single one.

Motagua vs. Club Tijuana — 10 a.m. ET

Honduran hosts hope to have a leg to stand on — pun intended — once the tie heads to Mexico.

West Ham to friendly neighbors Dag & Red: “Will help save our club”

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English Conference Premier side Dagenham and Redbridge has seen better days, and is getting a hand from a Premier League pal.

[ WATCH: Fred’s vicious free kick ]

West Ham United will pay a visit to Dag & Red as part of the latter’s #SaveTheDaggers campaign, and the March 21 date will cost fans between $7 and $21 to see a top flight side at 6,000-seat Victoria Road.

Dagenham and Redbridge chairman Paul Gwinn said, “It really will help save our club.”

“So please come on down to the Chigwell Construction Stadium for an additional night of football. Bring a friend, or two, or more and we can use the gate takings to help get us back on track,” reads a press release.

Dag & Red was founded in 1992 and climbed as high as League One in 2011, and plays just 2.5 miles from West Ham United’s training ground. Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle are among Dag & Red alums in the Premier League.

It’s a terrific gesture from West Ham, and is even more impressive in the United States where the growing club game is increasingly cutthroat (especially between non-synced leagues).

Angry Di Francesco extremely quotable after Roma loss

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AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco absolutely roasted his charges after i Lupi tossed aside a Cenzig Under-inspired lead to fall 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie on Wednesday.

Di Francesco had praise for Edin Dzeko, who assisted Under’s goal, as well as goalkeeper Alisson, but was mostly enraged by his side.

[ MORE: Recap + Fred’s vicious free kick ]

Rather than construct a narrative, we’re going to point out our five favorite selections from Di Francesco’s post-match talk.

4) “The difference was that in the first half we tried to hurt them while in the second we were looking to hold on – to what? I don’t know.”

— “To what? I don’t know” is hilarious. Di Francesco’s side has posted some serious wins this season, including killing off Chelsea 3-0 at home and coming back from 2-0 to draw the Blues at Stamford Bridge. He doesn’t preach sitting back.

3) “There were far too many schoolboy errors – even by players with a wealth of international experience.”

— Schoolboy errors!

2) “I saw two completely different teams out there today. There were lots of players I should have taken off after we conceded the first goal.”

— Again, one mistake by a number of players on Facundo Ferreyra is enough for Di Francesco. He’s not just happy to be here.

1) “I can’t imagine we’d get arrogant just because we’re winning an important game. It’s not as if Roma are used to reaching the final every year.”

— When you’re willing to essentially rip an entire club’s history — Roma’s been to just two UCL quarterfinals since losing the final to Liverpool in 1984 — you’re putting your footprints in new cement.