Red Devils freeze Paul Pogba contract talks
Manchester United have postponed contract talks with Paul Pogba.
That’s according to ESPN FC, who claim the Red Devils were planning to open preliminary discussions with Pogba and renowned agent Mino Raiola in September.
Pogba, 25, still has three years remaining on his £290,000 per week contract and United executives were eager to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
However, with questions over the club-record signing’s happiness under Jose Mourinho over recent months – United have decided to freeze negotiations until the situation is resolved.
ESPN FC report that the World Cup winner is not pushing for a January move to Barcelona, but could be tempted should the Catalan giants renew their interest.
It’s also claimed by sources close to the player that Pogba’s recent comments are not designed to secure a pay rise.
ESPN FC continue to say that Manchester United are NOT worried about the situation because of the one-year extension option embedded in his current contract and had originally hoped to initiate talks early because of agent Raiola.
‘Pain in the butt’
Jose Mourinho has been branded a ‘pain in the butt’ by International Champions Cup organiser Charlie Stillitano.
Stillitano, who is executive chairman of Relevent Sports, the company planning to stage a La Liga match in the United States, admits Mourinho’s meticulous training preparations made him a ‘pain in the butt’ this summer.
“Yeah we had a few cheeky words together,” Stillitano told ESPN. “He’s a good man and he’s been really good to us and I understand him better than most I’d say.
“I think managers that I know see us as the guys who take them abroad. And for them the reality is that they take it very seriously.
“The managers take it very seriously. And the commercial people take it very serious for their business to grow their brand.
“But the managers take it more than anybody, want the right atmosphere, want the right training environment.
“They want to prepare their team and our tournament has become the best tournament of its kind, and its kind is really to prepare the team, so they take it very seriously.
“And Jose, he’s a pain in the butt when it comes to making sure everything is perfect at his training facility.”
Ander Herrera swoop
AC Milan are looking to sign Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, reports claim.
The Spanish midfielder, who was signed from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, has entered the final year of his contract and is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford.
Italian website Calciomercato claim Herrera, 29, is wanted by AC Milan, who view him as a viable alternative to Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and PSG star Adrien Rabiot.
The report adds that Herrera is “completing a move elsewhere” and AC Milan believe they could take advantage of his contract situation by securing him on a cut-price deal in January.
Sam Allardyce on Anthony Martial
Manchester United are wrong to offer Anthony Martial a new contract – because he has NEVER delivered on a consistent basis.
That is the opinion of former England and Premier League manager Sam Allardyce.
“I’m very surprised if they have offered him a five-year contract in all honesty,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. “The lad is in his fourth season at Manchester United and I don’t think anybody would actually say he has delivered consistently.
“We’ve seen the odd flash of his brilliance, but by now he should be showing that brilliance on a more regular basis.
“He should be hitting top form more often than not.
“He’s had two managers now and both managers have found it difficult to find him a regular place in the Man United side.”
Pogba slammed by Nicol
Paul Pogba wants Jose Mourinho gone from Manchester United, according to ESPN FC pundit Steve Nicol.
Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has repeatedly been called into question amid rumours of a rift between the midfielder and manager Jose Mourinho.
And after his recent mixed messages while away on international duty, Nicol is baffled.
“What is he doing? As if there weren’t enough problems at United already,” he said “Why is a player at United throwing fuel on the fire? Why is he saying that?
“Does he want Mourinho gone? Because that sounds like what he is doing to me.”