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Paper Round: Jose Mourinho will let Pogba leave United, Pep Guardiola set for new deal at City

Paper Round: Mourinho will let Pogba leave United, Guardiola set for new deal at City

17/04/2018 at 07:28Updated 17/04/2018 at 07:43

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?

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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.

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£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.

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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?

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