Paul Pogba has agreed personal terms with Manchester City but has opted to reject the move fearing his life in the North West would become “unbearable”, according to a recent report.
Just two weeks ago, multiple reports claimed the Manchester United midfielder was a serious target for Pep Guardiola and City to replace departing club captain Fernandinho. However, after carefully considering the offer, he apparently decided to play his football elsewhere.
Now, according to Pol Ballus and Paul Hirst in the Times, Pogba has agreed personal terms with City but has rejected the move for fear of backlash from Manchester United supporters. The midfielder feared that living in the North West would become unbearable and turned down the proposal from City, who were reportedly willing to meet the player’s salary demands and give him a chance to compete amongst the already star-studded squad.
Elsewhere, Goal in Brazil has reported that Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League would be a negative factor in their search for Gabriel Jesus, but not a fatal blow.
About a month ago, City’s Brazilian striker was linked with a move to the Gunners from Mikel Arteta after he apparently fell out of favor with Guardiola. Since then, however, Jesus has struggled to get back into the starting line-up and scored some crucial goals in the fight for the Premier League title.
However, this has apparently not changed his desire to leave the club this summer and he hopes to consider proposals from across Europe. His agent is trying to negotiate a long-term deal, with playing time and financial incentives the driving factor behind the talks.
With Arsenal likely to miss out on Europe’s elite competition, Juventus have become an alternative option. With Paulo Dybala set to leave the Italian giants, they are looking to bolster their ranks in that particular area ahead of another intense Serie A campaign.
Speaking of Juventus, the Old Lady has joined City to keep an eye on Augsburg youngster Dzenan Pejcinovic, according to Sport 1 (via Sport Witness).
The 17-year-old is making a splash in Germany, with an astonishing current goal tally of 17 in 14 games for the U-17 national team. He has developed rapidly since he moved from the Bayern Munich academy and now the Blues are watching his progress ‘with great interest’.
Finally, according to Fotomac, Turkish giants Galatasaray have started talks with City about Kayky and Yangel Herrera’s summer moves.
Head coach Domenec Torrent was Pep Guardiola’s assistant for years at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, before trying his hand at management. Reports suggest he could use his close ties to secure deals for some of the city’s best young talent.
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