Feature 52 // 18 Jun 2019, 19:52 IST SHARE The transfer saga of the summer looks set to be Paul Pogba and his imminent departure from Old Trafford. The player recently said it may be time for a new challenge, which has alerted Real Madrid and Juventus executives bidding to bring in the French playmaker.Much has been made of Pogba’s significance to off-field metrics such as shirt sale revenue and social media reach. But on the pitch, can Manchester United afford to sell Paul Pogba?For most of his time in Manchester Pogba has been under intense scrutiny from pundits and fans alike, owing to his then-record transfer fee, outrageous hairstyles, and his love of social media.While Pogba was a standout at the 2018 World Cup, inspiring and motivating his teammates to glory in Russia, his return to club football didn’t hit the same heights. A falling out with then manager Jose Mourinho led to Pogba’s benching, before the arrival of new … [Read more...] about Premier League: Can Manchester United afford to sell Paul Pogba?
News 8 // 18 Jun 2019, 19:56 IST SHARE Barcelona's medical team have given midfielder Rafinha the all-clear after he completed his recovery from a knee injury that kept him out for almost seven months.The Brazilian playmaker ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in November 2018 and he had surgery to address the problem.A statement on Barcelona's official website confirmed the 26-year-old has been given the green light to return to full training, but it remains to be seen whether he can force his way back into the first team at Camp Nou.Rafinha's Barcelona career was stuttering when he sustained the injury and he made just five LaLiga appearances for the club in the first four months of the 2018-19 season, having spent the previous campaign on loan at Inter.Born in Sao Paulo, Rafinha came up through Barcelona's youth ranks before enjoying a strong season on loan at Celta de … [Read more...] about Rafinha given all-clear by Barcelona doctors
News 38 // 18 Jun 2019, 19:14 IST SHARE Rodrygo Goes was reportedly wanted by Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, but it took Real Madrid just 20 minutes to wrap up his signature.Madrid paid out a reported €45million to seal a move for Rodrygo in June 2018, but the teenager remained at Santos for another year.The 18-year-old was presented as a Los Blancos player at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, with club president Florentino Perez branding him "one of the great prodigies".Asked if a report that Madrid managed to seal the transfer in under half an hour, Rodrygo told a news conference: "I always said I preferred Real Madrid and when they came I didn't even have to ask questions, so 20 minutes and it was all done."I think everyone who knows me since I was a child knows I've always been a Real Madrid fan. I always told my dad I'd play for Real Madrid and when they came I didn't have any doubts at all."Rodrygo, who reiterated … [Read more...] about Rodrygo signed for Real Madrid in just 20 minutes
Mitch Walker has signed for Aldershot Town after being released by Dover at the end of the 2018/2019 campaign.The goalkeeper left Whites in April having managed 279 appearances across all competitions after signing for the club in 2012.He saw a stretch of 91 consecutive starts in the league come to an end in March when he was replaced by Lee Worgan for Dover's 3-0 win over Braintree.He told Aldershot's official club website: "Every single time I've played at Aldershot we've had a very competitive game. It's a big club and always one I've enjoyed playing at. I'm very much looking forward to getting going."It's a big club and an ex-football league club. I think last year they had a difficult season as well as Dover where I was at previously. That was a little bit strange as in previous years Aldershot have always been at the right end of the table pushing for promotion, which is where I want to be."I'm an ambitious person. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds with … [Read more...] about Ex-Dover goalkeeper finds new club
Juan Mata set to sign new deal at Manchester United BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Juan Mata looks set to extend his stay at Manchester United, Press Association Sport understands. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/juan-mata-set-to-sign-new-deal-at-manchester-united-38230334.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/article38230332.ece/2241f/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_fb8bacc0-9188-412f-9fa1-c57b47a94246_1 Email Juan Mata looks set to extend his stay at Manchester United, Press Association Sport understands. The 31-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea in 2014, becoming a popular figure within the dressing room and the support base. Mata’s current deal at United expires at the end of June but Press Association Sport understands negotiations over a new deal have gone positively. The attack-minded midfielder has scored 45 goals in 218 appearances for United and a new contract will be a boost for a club in the midst of … [Read more...] about Juan Mata set to sign new deal at Manchester United