Juventus star Paul Pogba has launched a new wave of transfer rumours that link him with a host of Premier League clubs, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United reportedly all hoping to make a move for him during the summer.
As reported by Richard Tanner of the Daily Express, the France international recently expressed his admiration for incoming City manager Pep Guardiola, putting longtime admirers Chelsea on high alert.
He said: “All the players respect him. You only have to look at him and you want to learn from him. I’ve heard that he improves every player. He is a football icon. Right now I am still with Juventus, but clearly if you have chance to work with someone like him, you can only develop further.”
Meanwhile, former Blues boss Jose Mourinho will also try to move for the player if he becomes the new Manchester United boss, per Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Manchester Evening News' Rob Dawson). La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also watching the midfielder with a keen eye, per Dawson.
The 22-year-old overcame a rocky start to the season to once again establish himself as the best young midfielder in Europe, guiding Juventus back to the top of the Serie A standings. He was always expected to struggle following the departure of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, but he has bounced back nicely in the past few months.
Blessed with remarkable technical abilities and raw strength, Pogba is already a complete midfielder, despite his young age. Here's a look at some of his highlights:
Pogba's value lies in his immense potential as well as his current abilities. The youngster is a divisive players, with some fans claiming he doesn't produce consistently and lives off making one or two flashy plays in every match.
But for a 22-year-old, he's already incredibly polished, and there's no telling how much better he could still become if he keeps developing at the same rapid rate.
Juventus will do everything possible to keep him in Turin this summer, and the Bianconeri have a magnificent reputation for keeping young talent at the club. While there's lots of reported interest in Pogba, Juventus can offer the France international plenty, and there are no guarantees he'll leave the club at the end of this season.
Silvio Berlusconi Rubbishes Gianluigi Donnarumma Rumours
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has made it clear star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma won't be leaving the club anytime soon, rubbishing persistent rumours linking the teenager with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United.
Speaking to Premium Sport (h/t Daily Express' Dan Gibbs), Berlusconi said he believes Donnarumma will be with the Rossoneri for a long time:
Donnarumma is 16 years old, he is admired by all and he won't leave Milan, whatever offer might come in.
He will be the Milan goalkeeper for the next 20 years. He is a good lad, very strong physically, mentally and in terms of his character.
I think he can be a Milan star of the future.
Gibbs claims Chelsea were preparing a £30 million offer for the 16-year-old, who has established himself as one of the top young goalkeepers in football during the 2015-16 campaign.
He passed Diego Lopez in the pecking order and became the youngest goalkeeper to ever start a Serie A match in October, per Gibbs, and has done nothing to suggest he isn't destined for stardom ever since.
The inevitable comparisons with Juventus star Gianluigi Buffon have already surfaced and with good reason, as Donnarumma looks like Italy's future in goal. Here's a look at some of his highlights:
Donnarumma has been the main bright spot of Milan's 2015-16 campaign, and he's quickly become one of the most popular players among the fans. He's yet to give any indication he would be open to a move, and Milan are highly unlikely to sell their top talent.
It would take a monstrous offer to prise Donnarumma away from the Rossoneri, and given his lack of experience, such an offer won't be arriving anytime soon.