It is summer once again, another time for interesting transfer stories across Europe.
With Paris Saint-Germain allegedly prepared to sell their star player, Neymar, while Paul Pogba has openly announced his desire to try a “new challenge” at another club, there are signs that we would have another exciting transfer window.
In the past few years, PSG have always won the Ligue 1 title. However, their quest for Champions League title continues. They have brought back their previous sporting director, Leonardo, and part of his first task could be getting a buyer for Neymar, who joined the Paris giant two years ago for a record transfer fee of 222 million euros.
L’Equipe reported On Monday that PSG would not stop the sale of the Brazillian. Also, Neymar “see his future away from Paris.”
Pini Zahavi, the agent involved in the transfer of Neymar to PSG from Barcelona two years ago, is already working to get him back to his former club.
Neymar’s two seasons at the French capital have been ruined by injuries, with controversies. Currently, he is sidelined by a lower leg injury as he manages recent rape allegation brought against him.
PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi seemed to target Neymar when he demonstrated that the club’s well-paid stars would need to get down to business or ship-out in a meeting with France Football magazine.
Maybe Al-Khelaifi was likewise discussing Kylian Mbappe, PSG’s other youngster who a month ago dropped a stunner when he implied he might be available to another test somewhere else as he won the Ligue 1 best player award.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid fans even recited Mbappe’s name at the inauguration of Eden Hazard a week ago, after the Belgian’s 100 million-euro move to the Spanish capital from Chelsea.
However, with Real Madrid having lavished around 300 million euros in the market already, can they add the cost of a move for Neymar or Mbappe as well? In the meantime, Zidane still keens to add Paul Pogba to the Madrid team.
In a perfect world, United need to keep one of their couple of world-class players, regardless of whether Pogba’s shows have regularly missed the mark concerning desires since his then world record £89 million ($112 million) marking three years back.
Notwithstanding, Manchester United should now choose whether to keep the Frenchman against his wish or sell him for a profit to fund a rebuild.
The Red Devils cannot give Pogba Champions League football next season, and much is probably going to rely upon what offers come to their direction. Madrid and Juventus have expressed their interests, however, but none is probably going to pay the announced £150 million price tag. That price will be added to the cost of dealing with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola.
Pogba’s announcement to reporters of his desire to go to a new club on a short visit to Tokyo on Sunday came only days after Raiola saw a three-month restriction from facilitating arrangements lifted by FIFA.
Raiola reportedly made an excessive profit of about £41 million from the arrangement that took Pogba back to Manchester in 2016.
Playing the Europa League football next season, much revamp is required at Old Trafford to compete with their neighbour, Manchester City effectively, and Champions League winner, Liverpool, as well as Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham.
As Antoine Griezmann has declared his intention at the end of last season to leave Atletico Madrid, that could be a massive opportunity for United to add to their striking force. However, he is likely to join the Catalan giant as it stands now.
United have additionally played down any desire to bring back Gareth Bale to the Premier League from Madrid and appear to have been outbid by PSG for the transfer of Raiola’s client, Matthijs de Ligt.
United manager, Solskjaer, wants young and hungry players and he has already added Daniel James, 21, from Swansea City.