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Pogba tells teammates he wants out at United

Paul Pogba has told his Manchester United teammates he wants to leave and has come to an agreement with Barcelona over a £350,000-a-week deal, according to the Mail.

World Cup-winner Pogba is said to have grown disillusioned with life under Jose Mourinho, sparking interest from the La Liga champions — though time is likely to save United’s blushes, with less than 48 hours to go until the end of the window.

The Mail reports that Pogba has sent United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a message to inform him of his decision.

United are loath to lose Pogba just two years after bringing him in for £89 million and, with Mourinho already dissatisfied, it would likely take an astonishing offer for United to sell.


09.15 BST: AC Milan are closing in on a move for Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to Sky Sport Italia.

09.00 BST: Sport reports that Barcelona will make a new attempt to sign Frenkie De Jong from Dutch club Ajax, but does not believe they will be able to land Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

08.50 BST: Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has said he will talk about the Mario Balotelli situation once the window has closed. Balotelli had been expected to join Marseille but, after missing the first two weeks of preseason training, has resumed preparations for the new campaign.

“Does the uncertainty over Mario Balotelli make the end of the transfer window more difficult? A bit,” Rivere told Nice’s website. “But we’re doing our work, it’s not holding anything up. Regarding Mario, I’ll talk when the transfer window is closed.”

08.40 BST: Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna could join MLS side Atlanta United from Benevento Calcio, Footmercato reports.

08.30 BST: Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, now at MLS club DC United, has said he believes Jose Mourinho needs “maybe another signing or two” to launch a Premier league title challenge.

08.15 BST: Bayern Munich will not be signing Ante Rebic from Eintracht Frankfurt, coach Niko Kovac has told Sport Bild.

08.00 BST: “Accrington Stanley? Who are they?” a vintage advertisement once said. Well, Ipswich Town fans will be finding out after the Lancashire Telegraph reported that the Championship side “have won the race for Stanley striker Kayden Jackson,” who will cost them around £1.5 million.

PAPER TALK: Boateng snubs Old Trafford

United appear set to sign one centre-back before Thursday’s deadline — but that will seemingly not be Jerome Boateng, despite talks between the club and Bayern Munich during this week’s friendly in Munich.

According to Bild, the Germany international is said to have called Mourinho to inform him of his decision after Niko Kovac’s plea for the centre-back to remain with the German champions.

The snub leaves Mourinho scrapping around for an alternative, something that is likely to strengthen Tottenham’s hand in negotiations over Toby Alderweireld.

But United could rekindle their hopes of signing £65m World Cup star Harry Maguire, with Leicester closing in on two centre-backs late in the window to safeguard themselves against losing the England international.

The Mirror claims the Foxes are set to announce the signing of Croatia under-21 international Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb in a £13.5m move following a medical on Monday, while a swoop for Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncu appears to be gathering pace, with the clubs coming to an agreement at £22.5m.


– Tottenham have made a £25m offer for midfielder Jack Grealish and are waiting to hear back from Aston Villa, says the Telegraph

– Everton look set to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan, the Mirror reports, with Marco Silva desperate for defensive reinforcements.

The Mirror also says Fulham and Crystal Palace are monitoring the situation of Jordan Ayew at Swansea. The Ghanaian has gone AWOL since the club’s relegation, but a move may not be likely given the Welsh club are demanding £12m to sell.

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