Pogba’s new five-year deal …
Manchester United will make Paul Pogba the highest-paid player in the Premier League with a new five-year deal worth a whopping £ 104million. The Sun announces that the French are being offered a £ 400,000-a-week deal to keep him in Manchester. Pogba currently has just one year left on their current £ 290,000-a-week deal and United are “desperate” to extend their stint at Old Trafford. The club will officially start talks with the 28-year-old after the European Championship, but the first talks between the parties have been “positive”.
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Paper Round’s Opinion: Manchester United had a choice: get Pogba to sign a contract extension or sell him this summer. The Premier League club couldn’t afford to let the 2022 World Cup winner go for free, so it was one or the other. United have decided to give him a new contract – which may turn out to be the right decision if he can help them take silver next season. However, a five-year contract is a huge commitment. Pogba will be 33 when his contract expires. Three or four years would have made more sense … especially when that amount of money is involved.
Varane moves closer to Man Utd
Raphael Varane has turned down a two-year contract extension and is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer, according to the Mirror. The French center-back only has 12 months left on his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu but he has now opened the door to a summer exit. Varane is angry that the Spanish club started negotiations with Luka Modric, Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Ramos before him. Real Madrid are planning to ask around £ 50m for Varane and have sparked interest at both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. The 28-year-old is said to prefer a move to the Premier League instead of his home country.
Paper Round’s Opinion: This could be one of the groundbreaking transfers in the summer window. Manchester United really have to sign a center-back for partner club captain Harry Maguire if they are to take on a serious challenge for the Premier League title. Virgil van Dijk and Ruben Dias have shown in recent seasons the difference a world-class center-back can make in the English top division. Varane’s signing could do the same for United. Forget about signing Jadon Sancho, Manchester United must capitalize on the fact that one of the best defenders in football is looking to join them this summer.
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Arsenal’s summer transfer plans revealed
The Mail have revealed Arsenal’s summer transfer plans as the Gunners look to improve every aspect of their squad after a disappointing 2020-21 season in which they finished eighth in the Premier League. Mat Ryan could return to Bernd Leno as a backup while his Brighton teammate Ben White is a priority defense. Lille’s Zeki Celik and Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny could replace Hector Bellerin, who is expected to leave. Anderlecht’s Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ruben Neves of Wolves and Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir were discussed as midfield options and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s striker Alassane Plea could be an option to replace Alexandre Lacazette.
Paper Round’s Opinion: Mikel Arteta seems interested in rebuilding his roster this summer. Many players have been linked with departures after a frustrating North London season, including starters like Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Lacazette. Arteta needs support in the transfer market if the club wants to get back into the top 4 of the Premier League. The current squad is not good enough to compete with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United … and even Leicester City. The players mentioned by the mail may show promise, but there is still nothing about the superstar names associated with the top clubs in the league.
England’s promise to Foden
English superstar Phil Foden has announced that the entire English squad has agreed to follow in his footsteps and bleach their hair blonde when the Three Lions pick up the European Championship trophy at Wembley next month. The “Stockport Gazza” unveiled its new hairstyle, inspired by the English legend Paul Gascoigne, at the 1996 tournament before the start of Euro 2020.
Paper Round’s Opinion: Wouldn’t we all like to see the English players with their hair bleached? I’m not sure if it would suit someone like Harry Kane, but he would definitely be ready for it if it meant winning the European Championship this summer. Maybe even Three Lions chief Gareth Southgate will get involved …
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