Football rumours from the media
Pogba saga simmers as Lampard prepares for Abramovich meeting.
Paul Pogba could reportedly be offered a huge new contract by Manchester United after the midfielder recently admitted it “could be time for a new challenge”. Juventus and Real Madrid are among the Frenchman’s potential suitors, but the Red Devils will only be prepared to let him leave for a much greater sum than the £89million they paid to secure his services from Juve in 2016, according to the Daily Mail.
What the papers say
The south of France will be the setting for a meeting this week between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Derby manager Frank Lampard, The Sun reports. The rendezvous is planned for the billionaire’s yacht, which is anchored off St Tropez, where the pair will discuss Lampard’s return to the Blues. But Rams owner Mel Morris has said “we want to retain” Lampard “for the long term”, indicating Chelsea will have to pay handsomely to see the Stamford Bridge favourite return.
Nikola Vlasic is said to have almost secured a permanent move from Everton to CSKA Moscow. The Croatia international was loaned to the Russian club last season, where he impressed by scoring eight goals in 31 games, including the winner in a Champions League match against Real Madrid. His agent Tonci Martic could not confirm an agreement had been reached but told the Daily Mirror the parties were “in talks and we are negotiating”.
Just a year after selling defender Angelino, Manchester City are considering buying the 22-year-old back, The Sun reports.
Social media round-up
Newcastle United’s hopes of keeping Rafael Benítez were hit last night after he received an offer worth about £12 million a year to take charge of Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League. By @garyjacob #NUFC https://t.co/whqIuXXlq4— Times Sport (@TimesSport) June 18, 2019
Players to watch
Romelu Lukaku: The 26-year-old has been told by Belgium coach Roberto Martinez that “he has to leave Manchester United”, according to Het Laatste Nieuws.
Joan Jordan: The Eibar midfielder, 24, could be heading to London Stadium after West Ham said they were willing to pay his £13.4m release clause, Marca reports.