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Transfer rumor roundup: Pogba wants Juve move, Grealish to Spurs?

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Transfer season has been turned up a notch with the conclusion of the World Cup, and a number of big names are in the news on Wednesday.

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Paul Pogba‘s performance for France at the World Cup was key for Les Bleus in their run to the title, and now the Manchester United midfielder could be on the move.

Tuttosport is reporting that Pogba wants to complete a switch back to Juventus, which would see him joining Cristiano Ronaldo and the seven-time reigning Serie A champions.

Pogba previously played with Juve from 2012 to 2016, after beginning his professional career with the Red Devils.

With Aston Villa’s ongoing financial struggles, several high-quality players could be sold this summer, and the sale of the team’s most-coveted talent may be on the horizon.

Sky Sports is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have engaged talks with Villa over a move for midfielder Jack Grealish.

The young creator could command anywhere between $40 and $50 million if a deal is struck with the PL giants, who look to sign their first player of the summer.

Napoli appears confident it can add to its attack this summer, as new manager Carlo Ancelotti looks to one of his former players.

Ancelotti has reportedly reached out to Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria over a potential switch to Serie A, after having coached the Argentina international at Real Madrid four years ago.

With Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler already entrenched in PSG’s squad, Di Maria could be looking for a more stable environment in 2018/19 where he can receive more consistent playing time.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Pogba to Juventus, Rebic to Manchester United

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With the World Cup over, the transfer season is now in full swing. Players have returned from Russia, some having improved their stock mightily. While the World Cup participants will likely receive an extended vacation from clubs to spend time with families and rest their bodies a bit, transfer season never rests.

According to Italian publication Tuttosport, World Cup champion Paul Pogba may have some leverage this summer and could use that to his advantage. The world could see how effective he was in a box-to-box midfield role under French manager Didier Deschamps with slightly more freedom than he saw under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United this past season where many felt he has room to grow.

The report says that Pogba might use the World Cup performances to leverage his way out of Manchester United and back to Juventus where Cristiano Ronaldo has just signed for a mega-transfer. The report states that Pogba is intrigued to join his old club and be a part of Ronaldo’s tenure in Turin. With Ronaldo at 33 years old, he might not have long at Juventus, and Pogba wishes to take advantage.

Tuttosport, which is based in Turin, says that Pogba retains at the least a professional relationship with all his former teammates, and would welcome a move back to Italy. His current Manchester United contract runs out in 2021, meaning he has three full seasons left on his current deal.

Whether Pogba stays or goes, Manchester United will be looking to improve its squad, with a World Cup runner-up in its sights. There have been rumors of a move for both Croatian wingers Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic, but the latter seems to make more sense. Rebic is just 24 years old, and would likely be the cheaper of the two coming from Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt. At the World Cup, the Croatian displayed strength, technical ability, and an innate sense for finding space.

Rebic can play on either wing, playing on the left with his club while deployed on the right with the national team during this summer’s tournament. He would fit in nicely to Manchester United’s squad, which is light on wide attacking players outside of Alexis Sanchez. Rebic would be a perfect foil for Sanchez, preferring to stick to the touchline while Sanchez cuts inside, and enjoying allowing the full-back to overlap.

Reports around England tag Rebic with a $57 million fee, which is just slightly under what Perisic might command from Inter.

In London, there are heavy rumors swirling that Real Madrid will move to make Eden Hazard their replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Hazard’s national team manager spoke out on the potential move, following Belgium’s third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup.

“I believe now is maybe the right time for him to move,” Martinez told Cadena Ser radio in Spain. “With Belgium he displayed maturity and leadership to add to his outstanding talent, I believe he can play for any side. There is not one team in the world he would not fit in and that means he will be the subject of offers from elsewhere.”

“I am sure Chelsea have received a lot of interest in Eden because he is one of the select group of players whose talent is based on individual play.”

Following the completion of Belgium’s win over England in the third-place match, Hazard was quoted as saying it “might be time for something new.” He has been with Chelsea since moving from Lille in the summer of 2012. At Stamford Bridge, Hazard has blossomed into one of the world’s best one-on-one attackers.

According to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, Everton is in “advanced talks” with Bordeaux over Brazilian winger Malcom. The report states that Everton is closing in on a $39 million deal for the 21-year-old and Everton’s team will meat with the French club’s representatives on Thursday to hammer out the final version of the transfer.

The potential signing would be a fabulous move, given that Malcom had been linked with not just Inter Milan but other Premier League club Fulham. Reports say Inter had been looking for a loan with an option to buy, whereas Everton was ready to splash the cash now, which intrigued Bordeaux the most.

Transfer rumor roundup: Sarri could make changes up front for Chelsea

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With roughly one month until the domestic seasons in Europe kick off, transfer season is about to kick into another gear following the conclusion of the World Cup on Sunday.

Pro Soccer Talk takes a look at three of the day’s biggest transfer stories, including how new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will handle his attack.

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New Blues boss Sarri is reportedly keen on Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, and that could very well spell the end for both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge.

Higuain and Sarri have history together after both previously having played roles in Napoli’s squad.

Morata and Giroud have only spent one season, respectively, with Chelsea and combined for 14 Premier League goals in 2017/18.

Manchester United could be on the brink of adding some strong defensive depth in the form of an Italy international.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on bringing in veteran center back Leonardo Bonucci, who currently plays for Serie A side AC Milan.

Given Milan’s sanctions from European football though, it is conceivable that the club will allow Bonucci to go in order to raise money for a team in the midst of financial troubles.

After a tremendous showing at the World Cup, France right back Benjamin Pavard is becoming a highly-coveted player.

The Stuttgart defender is being eyed by Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham as a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld, according to the Mirror.

Pavard scored one of the goals of the World Cup during France’s thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in the Round of 16.

Transfer rumor roundup: Pogba to Barca? Madrid wants Neymar

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Pro Soccer Talk examines the top transfer stories on Saturday, including a French star possibly on the move to Spain.

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Could a strained relationship between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba force to the France international out of Old Trafford this summer?

Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has made his client available as France prepares to play in the World Cup final on Sunday.

The Spanish outlet suggests that Barcelona has come into play, as Pogba seeks a move away from Manchester following various issues with Mourinho.

Barcelona has been linked with a number of central midfielders this summer, including Chelsea’s N'Golo Kante and PSG man Adrian Rabiot, as Andres Iniesta’s exit from the team created a stir up.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s move away from Real Madrid has shaken the soccer world, and the UEFA Champions League winners aim to regroup in the Portugal international’s absence, one player continues to be at the top of their wish list.

Neymar appears to be Real’s preferred replacement for Ronaldo, and COPE is reporting that the Brazilian is the only real name that president Florentino Perez would want to sign this summer to fill the void.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe have also had their names thrown into the ring in recent reports, but Real seems keen on bringing superstar Neymar in to keep the club in contention in La Liga and Europe in 2018/19.

Finally, West Ham United appears close to a move for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, after being linked to the midfielder for several weeks.

Anderson is reportedly in London for a medical, as the Brazilian aims to finalize the deal, which would make him the most-expensive transfer in club history.

Transfer rumor roundup: Man United eyes Willian, Reds want Grealish

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In the midst of all the World Cup buzz, Pro Soccer Talk takes a look at the day’s biggest transfer stories, including a possible reunion between Jose Mourinho and one of his former players at Old Trafford.

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Brazilian midfielder Willian has drawn a lot of interest this summer from Barcelona, however, former Chelsea manager Mourinho may be looking to reunite with the current Blues player at Old Trafford next season.

The Sun is reporting that the Red Devils are preparing to bid nearly $80 million to add the Brazil international, who scored 13 goals in all competitions last season for Chelsea.

Jack Grealish became a hot commodity last season in the Championship, but with Aston Villa failing to rise to the Premier League and the club’s uncertain financial status his future with the team is very much in doubt.

Several Premier PL sides have expressed interest in Grealish, including Liverpool, who would have to reportedly be willing to come to terms with Villa’s $50-plus million evaluation of the attacking player.

Finally, Jack Wilshere will likely be staying in the PL next season with a new club.

A deal with West Ham United appears imminent, and the former Arsenal midfielder could join the Hammers as soon as Monday.

Wilshere’s contract expired with the Gunners in June after the 26-year-old spent 10 seasons at the Emirates Stadium.