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Paper Round: Rashford could leave United for nothing

Paper Round: Rashford could leave United for nothing

18/05/2019 at 07:18Updated 18/05/2019 at 07:41

Manchester United could lose Marcus Rashford, Juventus want Mauricio Pochettino, Barcelona will sign Antoine Griezmann and Adam Lallana is up for sale.

Rashford could run down Manchester United contract

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford could refuse to sign a new deal at Old Trafford and leave on a free transfer, claims the Sun. The 21-year-old England international's contract runs out at the end of the season but the club can extend it by a further year. He is happy to wait for talks over an extension because he wants to see if United are able to rebuild their side and start challening for titles again.

Coach of Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrate the victory following the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Manchester United at Parc des Princes sta

Coach of Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrate the victory following the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Manchester United at Parc des Princes staGetty Images

Paper Round's view: Rashford is part of an exceptionally talented crop of English youngsters and it appears that Barcelona retain an interest in him. While he is a local boy, he owes no loyalty to a club that is badly managed and shows no signs of improving its lot. Losing their most talented players - David de Gea is in a similar situation - should kick Ed Woodward into gear, but it very probably won't..

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Juventus target Pochettino

Italian champions Juventus have identified Mauricio Pochettino as a potential replaceent for Max Allegri, reports the Mirror. The manager announced he would leave Juve on Friday, and could replace Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain. Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri are also options for the Italians, but they are also considering Pochettino, who has made it clear he is considering his future at Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after reaching the Champions League final

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after reaching the Champions League finalPA Sport

Paper Round's view: Pochettino would move from one side which is exceptionally well run to Juventus, which can claim to have one of the best organisations in football too. The difference is that Pochettino would be expected to deliver the Scudetto every year, and have the funds to challenge in Europe in a way that he has rarely been able to do at his current club.

Griezmann set for Barca

Atetico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has said he is to leave the club in the summer when he buys himself out of his contract. He is set to meet officials from Barcelona, according to a story in the Mail. A deal has been in place for some time for the 28-year-old French international, and interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain is likely to come to nothing.

Antoine Griezmann - Atlético Madrid

Antoine Griezmann - Atlético MadridGetty Images

Paper Round's view: This transfer has been in the post for the best part of the season and is now close to being resolved. While Griezmann is hugely talented, a move to a club where he is expected to deliver at least one trophy a year is a step up for him. He also has to compete with Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez for a place in attack, and there is no chance for him to bed in slowly if he wants to establiish himself at the Nou Camp.

Lallana wants Southampton return

Liverpool forward Adam Lallana fears for his future at Anfield according to the Express. The 31-year-old England international thinks that he may be out of favour with Jurgen Klopp and one of the players up for sale as Liverpool look to raise funds for the summer. He would be open to a transfer back to Southampton, who would have to pay around £13 million to bring him back to the south coast.

Sadio Mané and Adam Lallana

Sadio Mané and Adam Lallana Getty Images

Paper Round's view: Lallana is oddly well respected by managers given he is a fairly prosaic player who has done little to improve much since his move. As a squad player that is good enough, but with his age and injury problems it is best to move him on to another player who has much more potential and who can improve the Liverpool first team.

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