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. (express.co.uk)
Ronaldo replacement: Real Madrid told to sign Mbappe – not Neymar
REAL MADRID would be better off signing Kylian Mbappe to replace Cristiano Ronaldo than breaking the bank to land Neymar, according to Steve McManaman.
Ronaldo left the Bernabeu in July to join Italian champions Juventus, a transfer which saw the Spanish giants pocket £105m.
Real were expected to make a marquee signing to replace the Portuguese and were linked with moves for Paris Saint-Germain’s star strikers.
However, the reigning European champions surprisingly opted to re-sign Mariano Diaz from Ligue 1 side Lyon.
Should the option to sign Mbappe or Neymar arise in the future, McManaman believes his old side would be better served buying the France international, who he reckons will play at the highest level for the next decade.
“If Neymar comes, the situation will be difficult, because he previously played for Barca. I know Florentino [Perez] really wanted him,” the former Real and England midfielder told Goal.
“But when you need a reliable star figure for the next ten years, I think you have to bring in players like Mbappe. He’s only 19 years old and seems to be a rising star.
“If I had to choose, I would go with the future, so I’d say Mbappe [as the ideal replacement for Ronaldo].”
Real’s decision not to replace Ronaldo – their record goalscorer – with a big-name player has led many to question their transfer policy, but not McManaman.
“Madrid are actually spending a lot of money this summer but didn’t replace Ronaldo with a superstar. They brought in [Thibaut] Courtois, brought back Mariano, and a promising young Brazilian [Vinicius Junior],” he added.
Real president Perez will face a difficult task to lure Mbappe away from the Parc des Princes in the future as the 20-year-old hitman has his heart set on staying in the French capital. (express.co.uk)
‘I was wearing the Real Madrid shirt… Wenger changed my mind – Pires
ARSENAL legend Robert Pires has lifted the lid on why he ended up at Highbury in 2000 even after he was pictured in a Real Madrid shirt. Pires joined Arsenal from Marseille 18 years ago having established a reputation as one of the top players in France.
And over the course of the subsequent six seasons he helped the Gunners win four trophies and reach a Champions League final.
Pires is fondly remembered by Arsenal fans for his efforts prior to his move to Spain with Villarreal.
And he’s now revealed how Arsene Wenger played a key role in luring him to north London despite interest from Real.
“One day, I met the Spanish journalists and I was wearing the Madrid shirt,” Pires told Arsenal Player.
“Some journalists took the picture of me because the people in Spain thought it would be nice as they thought I was signing for Real Madrid.
“The problem was that maybe two or three days after the picture, I called Arsene Wenger and he changed my mind.
“That’s why I signed for Arsenal and it was the best decision I ever made.”
Pires admits his decision to snub Real’s advances was questioned by people close to him.
“For me, the first destination was Madrid because Madrid is, even now, one of the best clubs in the world,” Pires added.
“Some people, after my decision, especially in my family, told me I was crazy because Madrid is the best club in the world.
“I said: ‘Yeah, maybe’ but I called Arsene Wenger, talked a lot with him and he changed my mind.
“That’s why I signed for Arsenal in 2000. “It was a great decision.”
Pires paid tribute to Wenger after the veteran Frenchman announced he was leaving Arsenal after 22 years at the end of last season. (express.co.uk)
Pogba to Barcelona: Man Utd alter transfer stance as Mourinho eyes replacement
PAUL POGBA could be allowed to join Barcelona with Manchester United less opposed to selling the midfielder and Jose Mourinho eyeing up a replacement, reports claim.
Pogba has experienced mixed fortunes since returning to Old Trafford in 2016 but is widely accepted to have failed to justify his £89m price tag.
The France international has laboured at times this season and was powerless to prevent back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Tottenham.
Paul Pogba’s inconsistency on the pitch has come amid speculation of a rift between himself and United boss Mourinho.
And he poured fuel on the transfer rumours fire on Thursday by hinting he could look to leave Manchester once again.
“My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months,” Pogba said.
United have deemed Pogba priceless since re-signing him due to his obvious talent and considerable commercial value.
And that resolve was tested over the summer as Barcelona lined up the 25-year-old as one of their principal targets.
However, The Independent indicate United’s stance has altered with their position on Pogba being unsellable “already loosening”.
Pogba is said to be eager to call time on his United career a second time in order to head to Spain with Barcelona.
And United might “seriously consider” an offer around the £200m mark if he was to make his desires clear to them.
That would also involve Barcelona abandoning their usual policy of courting players in the media by getting straight to business.
Mourinho would apparently not be opposed to the idea of selling Pogba, on whom he splashed out a then-world-record fee.
And the Portuguese is thought to have lined up a direct replacement for him in the form of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Milinkovic-Savic has forged a reputation as one of Serie A’s top midfield talents over the past couple of years.
And it would take a sizeable portion of the fee United would secure for Pogba in order to prise him away from Lazio.
Liverpool signed Keita in the summer from German side RB Leipzig, securing an agreement back in January before splashing out a massive £48million to land their man.
The 23-year-old has made a positive start to his Reds career, helping them win their first four Premier League matches. (express.co.uk)
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. (express.co.uk)
‘I want to manage Liverpool… Steven Gerrard will challenge me for the job’
HARRY KEWELL wants to manage Liverpool – and he thinks Steven Gerrard will challenge him for the job.
Kewell and Gerrard were team-mates when Liverpool pulled off the greatest comeback of all time in the 2005 Champions League final.
The pair have since both moved into management with Kewell at League Two Notts County and Gerrard at Rangers
Aussie Kewell, 39, rescued Crawley Town from League Two relegation last season and he has similar problems to deal with at Notts County after replacing Kevin Nolan.
But that hasn’t stopped him having lofty ambitions of managing one of Premier League big boys.
Kewell said: “Why wouldn’t you want to manage Liverpool?
“Liverpool are one of the best clubs in the world. It would be a huge honour. I’m sure I’m going to have a lot of challengers for it.
“The biggest challenger would probably be Steven (Gerrard). He’d be the first one that they would want to have.
“But why not set yourself a goal and try and get to that level?”
Kewell has chosen to do things the hard way by learning his trade in the lower leagues.
He started his coaching career as Watford under-23 coach before moving to Crawley and now County. (express.co.uk)
She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…
Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.
Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.
Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?
Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.
Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?
Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.
Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?
Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.
Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?
Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.
Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?
Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.
Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?
Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.
Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?
Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.
Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?
Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.
By Juma Ali
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It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.
Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.
The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.
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It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…
General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.
Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.
Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.
Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘ and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”
Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.
Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;
theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?
Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.
theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?
Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.
theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?
Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.
theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?
Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.
theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?
Fungu : He has been favoured many times.
theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?
Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.
theGrapevine: What next after this fight?
Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.
By Juma Ali
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