Friday's Paper Talk: Football transfer news, opinion and gossip including Pogba, Bale and Traore

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Paul Pogba has been given the green light to leave Manchester United - for a fee of around £150million. Lots more too on today's back pages.


  • Paul Pogba has been given the green light to leave Manchester United, and the fed-up Old Trafford hierarchy are now ready to sell him for £150m.
  • Boca Juniors have confirmed their intention to "fight" the free transfer of teenage star Santiago Ramos Mingo to Barcelona.
  • Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could finally play together as Juventus eye a shock transfer deal for the Barcelona star.
  • Gareth Bale left the Bernabeu early as his Real Madrid team were being thrashed 4-1 by Real Sociedad.
  • Chelsea could make their second major goalkeeping purchase in less than two years if they push ahead with a move for Andre Onana.
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  • Barcelona are considering a shock £4m bid for Brighton's England U19 keeper Carl Rushworth.
  • Erling Haaland was convinced to snub Manchester United and join Borussia Dortmund after being shown a 'special video' by the German giants.
  • Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has shunned the chance for some time off as he trains with Fluminense back in Brazil during the winter break.


  • Barcelona are considering a summer move to bring Wolves star Adama Traore back to Catalonia.
  • Liverpool's players will share a bonus pot of over £4million for winning the Premier League this season.
  • Chelsea fear they will take a huge financial hit if record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has a prolonged spell on the bench.
  • Premier League clubs will entrust their in-house medical departments to rule on whether to cancel summer tours to China because of the coronavirus - which could cost millions of pounds.
  • Tottenham rookie defender Japhet Tanganga is in talks over a staggering 1500 per cent pay rise following his first-team breakthrough.
  • Crystal Palace are confident they can tie Roy Hodgson down to a new contract that will see him remain as manager beyond his 73rd birthday in August.
  • Mason Greenwood has rejected approaches from several top agencies because he wants to continue being represented by his father.
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  • Anyone banned for violent or abusive behaviour by a Premier League club will also be excluded from every other stadium in the division.


  • Leicester City are leading a queue of Premier League clubs interested in signing Adam Lallana when his Liverpool contract ends.
  • David Gold has declined to rule out selling West Ham but risked more wrath from supporters by suggesting he and co-owner David Sullivan deserved credit for keeping them in the Premier League.


  • Paul Pogba has moved a step closer to leaving Manchester United after being excluded from the squad's trip to Spain.
  • Arsenal are considering taking Arsene Wenger back at the club in a bid invoke harmony within warring factions of fans and hand new boss Mikel Arteta a boost at the beginning of his reign.
  • Mikel Arteta's summer plan at Arsenal to make a creative midfielder a top priority has placed the likes of Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaha in danger.
  • Marcelo Bielsa has lashed out after the 'lies' surrounding the situation with Arsenal and Eddie Nketiah.
  • David Brooks is set to hand Bournemouth and Wales a major boost by launching his comeback after six months out with an ankle injury.
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  • Villarreal's Pau Torres has emerged as the prime candidate to partner Aymeric Laporte at the heart of Manchester City's defence next season.
  • Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo is undergoing a special fitness regime to get up to speed with his new team-mates.

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