Paper Round: Jose Mourinho will let Pogba leave United, Pep Guardiola set for new deal at City
Tuesday’s Paper Round sees Paul Pogba on the cusp of leaving Manchester United, with City boss Pep Guardiola set for a new deal...
Pogba to lead United exodus
Paper Round’s view: With no trophy to boast of so far this season, Mourinho might be around for too much longer at Manchester United so he clearly believes a huge shake-up is required to close the gap with bitter rivals Manchester City. This is a huge risk though. Despite Pogba under-performing, he is clearly still a world-class player when on song and Mourinho has a history of letting top talent go, only to see them flourish elsewhere. De Bruyne, Salah, anyone?
One more year
Paper Round’s view: Not one for massive commitment, the prospect of extending his contract by just one year will only leave the door open for questions surrounding his long-term commitment. Having jumped the Barcelona and Bayern Munich ship relatively quickly – given the success of both tenures – it would be no surprise to see Guardiola seek out a new project as we welcome a new decade.
£200m for City in summer
Paper Round’s view: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he did not fear this was the start of a City dynasty, but the prospect of them strengthening this side significantly in the summer is frightening. The focus may well switch to Europe, but a title defence should not be underestimated. No team has managed to do so since Fergie’s United won three in a row from 2007 to 2009 – surely that will be playing on Pep’s mind this summer.
Dembele out at Spurs
Paper Round’s view: Dembele is outstanding and one of the best in the world in his position. And no, I’m not a Spurs fan… It looks as though their rigid wage structure could see another player head for the exit door (and join Toby Alderweireld it would seem). Time to rethink, no?