Paper Gossip: £60m for Pogba, Real Eye Ramires, United Want Alba and More
The World Cup is just days away and the papers are in Brazil overdrive.
But the transfer rumour mill stops for no man, and there’s plenty of chatter to mull over.
Paul Pogba is a man in focus, but he will not come cheap. Manchester United’s left-back chase is heating up, while Chelsea face a fight to keep hold of a midfield star.
All this and more features in Monday’s edition of the Paper News and Gossip roundup.
Chelsea Face Fight to Keep Ramires
Jose Mourinho is determined to keep Ramires from out of the grip of Real Madrid, per a report from the Mail’s Simon Jones.
Changes are planned in Chelsea’s midfield, with Frank Lampard moving on, but Jones claims Mourinho does not want to lose his all-action Brazilian.
Jones states Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has had his eyes on Ramires for some time and will make a move in the summer.
QPR Make Ferdinand Offer
Rio Ferdinand could be on his way back to the capital, as the Mail’s David Kent claims Queens Park Rangers have tabled a one-year deal.
Ferdinand is a free agent following his exit from Manchester United. He is likely to have plenty of options, given his standing in the game.
The 35-year-old has made it clear he wants to play on, and QPR boss Harry Redknapp seemingly wants that to be at Loftus Road.
According to Kent, Redknapp has tabled a one-year offer worth £80,000 per week.
Arsenal and Sociedad in Vela Talks
Carlos Vela is no longer an Arsenal player, but the Gunners still have a say in his future.
Arsenal sold the forward to Real Sociedad last summer, but they retained a buy-back option and 50 per cent of the rights on the Mexican forward.
Simon Jones of the Mail claims Sociedad sent a delegation, led by club president Jokin Aperribay, to London to thrash out a deal to secure the forward’s whole rights and remove the buy-back option.
Reina Heading Back to Liverpool
Reina had a successful loan spell with Italian side Napoli last term, but Arrowsmith claims the two clubs cannot agree a fee for a permanent deal.
With Napoli unable to find a solution, Reina will head back to Anfield. Arrowsmith suggests it could be a mere pit stop for the keeper, as he claims Liverpool want to sell.
Napoli Train Sights on Pennant
While Reina may be heading out of Napoli, Jermaine Pennant could be on his way to the Serie A club.
According to the Mirror’s John Cross, Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is keen on signing a player he worked with at Liverpool.
Pennant is available on a free transfer, following his exit from Stoke City, and Benitez may offer him a shot at life in Serie A.
Pogba in Focus at United
If Manchester United want to re-sign Paul Pogba it will cost them £60 million, according to the Star’s Paul Hetherington.
Pogba left United for Juventus on a free transfer a couple of years ago, and he has become a star player for the Old Lady of Italian football.
Despite the player leaving United under a cloud, there has been plenty of talk in regard to a potential return to the club.
Hetherington claims United have made an approach, which was met with Juventus slapping a £60m price tag on the France international midfielder.
Alba Is United's New Left-Back Target
Manchester United are ready to switch targets from Luke Shaw to Jordi Alba, per a report from the Star’s Chisanga Malata.
United have long held an interest in Shaw, and a report from Sky Sports last month suggested a bid of £27 million had been tabled.
The trail has gone cold in recent weeks, and now Malata claims the Red Devils have shifted their attentions to Alba.
According to Malata, new United boss Louis van Gaal will attempt to use his “good relationship” with Alba from their days together at Barcelona to secure a deal.
Newcastle on Brink of Gomis Deal
Changes seem set to be made at Newcastle United, with Simon Jones of the Mail suggesting the Magpies are closing in on the signing of Bafetimbi Gomis.
According to Jones, the Magpies are putting the finishing touches to a deal that will secure the signing of the free agent.
A player possibly on his way out of Newcastle, according to Jones, is Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is a target for Marseille.
Bits and Pieces: Costa Deal Close, Arsenal Close on Chambers and More
Diego Costa is on the brink of sealing his move to Chelsea, per a report from Metro's Massimo Marioni.
Juventus are eager to sign Southampton forward Dani Osvaldo on a season-long loan, according to the Mirror's Sam Adams.
Arsenal are lining up Southampton's Calum Chambers as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, according to the Mirror's Tom Hopkinson and Neil Moxley.