Paul Pogba update
United have the upper hand regarding Paul Pogba’s future, despite knowing the Frenchman wants to leave, France football expert Julien Laurens claims.
“I don’t think so,” he said on ESPN FC when asked if there was a strong chance of Pogba leaving.
“He still has another 18 months left on his contract, and then another year that the club can trigger – and only the club.
“Basically, [he has] two and a half years more on his deal.
“United feel in a very comfortable position, which you can understand. They know Pogba wanted to leave in the summer, they know he still wants to go.
“He’s had a rough season so far with all those injuries, and until recently he’s had his whole foot in a cast. Things haven’t been great for him this season.
“For United, it’s the case of not wanting to sell him.
“If Juventus want to bring him back, they can always make an offer. Can they afford him with his transfer fee and wages, especially after the last two years and all the investment, the huge squad they have, I’m not so sure.
“But I can see why for Cristiano and Juventus, it would make sense to try and bring Pogba back where he had so many successful years.”
Real Madrid swap deal
Manchester United could sign Gareth Bale in January.
The Sun say Real Madrid are convinced the Wales international will complete a transfer to Old Trafford.
Real want to use Bale in a swap deal to land Paul Pogba next year.
The Sun add that if a deal cannot be agreed in January, it will most likely happen in the summer.
United and Arsenal are hoping to sign Hartlepool’s Brad Young.
The Sun say the Premier League big boys are battling to land the 17-year-old.
The 6ft 4in shotstopper recently signed a professional contract with Hartlepool.
United and Arsenal could both make moves for the goalkeeper next year.
Top four prediction
United and Arsenal will both struggle to make it into the top four this season, according to Harry Redknapp.
“Tottenham have it all on now to get in the top four this year,” he told The Sun.
“The only thing now in their favour is that Arsenal look so poor.
“Chelsea are doing great, they’re going to be challenging. Leicester are going to be bang in there.
“But you’re looking at Arsenal — and Manchester United — and wondering if they are going to make it this year.
“I can see both of those two not making the top four unless there is a big improvement.
”It’s been a disappointing season so far for Spurs.
“I really thought they would be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and challenging.
“It’s difficult. The players haven’t hit the form they did last year. I’m a big fan of the manager and hopefully they can turn it around.”