Published On: Tue, Mar 17th, 2020

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Tuesday, March 17

  • Manchester United have decided to trigger Paul Pogba’s contract extension
  • Superstar Lionel Messi wants to be reunited with Neymar at Barcelona
  • Jack Grealish would suit Liverpool’s system and is likely to leave Aston Villa
  • Nemanja Matic will remain a Manchester United player until at least June 2021

Marc Cucurella interest

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has entered the transfer race to sign 21-year-old midfielder Marc Cucurella.

The Barcelona youngster has just joined Getafe on a permanent deal, after a successful loan spell, but he could still be available this summer.

While the permanent switch to Getafe appears to be negative for clubs hoping to sign the 21-year-old, there’s a catch.

The obligated-to-buy clause in the original loan deal also stated that if the move to Getafe was permanent, his contract at the La Liga club must include a release clause of €25m (£23m).

Tottenham and Arsenal have now joined the race for Cucurella, according to Spanish outlet La Razon, after Chelsea became interested earlier this week.

Paul Pogba contract

Manchester United have decided to trigger Paul Pogba’s contract extension ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The France international, who earns £290,000-per-week has been linked with Juventus and Real Madrid ever since expressing a desire to leave Old Trafford back in the summer.

But, now, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed the Red Devils will be triggering the option of an extension in the 27-year-old’s contract.

And he’s claimed that United actually made the decision six months ago – meaning an announcement is expected soon.

Lionel Messi wants Neymar

Lionel Messi wants to be reunited with Neymar.

That’s according to Spanish publication El Confidencial, who claims Messi has told his closest friends that he wants Barcelona to re-sign the Brazilian superstar.

Messi’s contract is set to expire in 2021 and president Josep Maria Bartomeu is desperate to extend his stay.

El Confidencial claim Messi has been offered a deal worth a staggering £865,000-a-week until at least June 2023 – by which time he’ll be 35.

However, the report claims Messi is ‘not happy at Barcelona’ and the only thing that would motivate him to sign a three-year deal would be the arrival of Neymar.

The Spanish champions are aware of Messi’s feelings and have set their sights on a sensational reunion with PSG’s Neymar, who is expected to cost £135million.

Samuel Umtiti available

Arsenal and Manchester United have reportedly both been offered the chance to sign Samuel Umtiti for £50million this summer according to reports.

The Daily Star claim the Premier League duo have been given the opportunity to snap up the 26-year-old.

Barca have deemed the France international surplus to requirements with injuries and competition for places having kept Umtiti to 16 first-team appearances this season.

And the Star report that for the Gunners or United to act on any interest in Umtiti, Barca’s price tag for the player will have to drop.

Umtiti is under contract in Catalonia until 2023 and has a massive £455m buy-out clause in his deal.

Ousmane Dembele SALE

Barcelona have lost patience with Ousmane Dembele.

That’s according to Spanish publication AS, who claim Barcelona chiefs want him offloaded as soon as possible.

Dembele arrived at the Nou Camp from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £135million but he’s failed to justify that outlay having made just 51 La Liga appearances and scored 12 goals since August 2017.

Its unclear how much Barcelona would want for their injured attacker with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all previously linked with the 22-year-old at various stages.

In December, Spanish website El Desmarque reported that Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, had “met with executives from PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City”.

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