Paper Round: Pogba has to hand in transfer request to join Real
Real Madrid tell Paul Pogba to quit, PSG want N'Golo Kante, Spurs line up Max Allegri, and Chelsea make a new offer to Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Pogba given Real ultimatum
Manchester Untied midfielder must hand in a transfer request in order to get his move to Real Madrid, according to the Sun. The newspaper claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to sell Pogba for £120 million in order to kickstart his rebuilding of the club, but Ed Woodward still wants to keep hold of him. Zinedine Zidane recognises it might be awkward for him to find a way out of the club, so Pogba will need to hand in a transfer request.
Paper Round's view: Handing in a transfer request means that Pogba would miss out on all sorts of financial bonuses that come with leaving a club, and he and agent Mino Raiola might not be keen on compromising on finances. His wages are already high for an unreliable midfielder and at 26, shows no signs of improvement. A transfer request would go some way to make him more affordable in these circumstances.
PSG line up Kante
Paris Saint-Germain want to sign French international N'Golo Kante from Chelsea. The 28-year-old midfielder is at the top of his game and one of the best midfielders in the world, but the Mirror report that with the player approaching his last big contract, they will offer him a deal too big to turn down. Should they fail in their quest, then they will attempt to sign Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Paper Round's view: Kante is not being used to the best of his abilities at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri, and the players at Stamford Bridge don't seem completely enamoured with him. In PSG he would be back in his home country and would play a role in elevating the club to European contenders and be able to play in his desired position as a defensive midfielder.
Allegri and Pochettino to swap jobs
The Express reported yesterday that Mauricio Pochettino was wanted by Juventus, who need a new manager next season, but have now moved the story on. They claim that Spurs are preparing for the Argentine coach to leave, but will make a move for Max Allegri, the coach who has been shown the door by the Italian champions. The move depends on Daniel Levy offering the Italian plenty of funds in the transfer window.
Paper Round's view: Levy will presumably reluctant to overspend in the market after seeing just how much a manager can achieve on a budget, but whether Allegri can do the same remains to be seen. Juventus are able to outspend Spurs - at the moment - so unless Levy decides after an exceptional season in Europe and the financial revenues from a new ground, to increase his transfer budget, it may be a tough sell.
Chelsea offer Hudson-Odoi No. 10
Chelsea have a new plan to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi at the club, reports the Mail. The story reports that Hudson-Odoi will be given the number 10 shirt at Chelsea, with Eden Hazard departing for Real Madrid and vacating the shirt. In new contract talks planned for next month they will use the offer to show that the 18-year-old international is at the heart of their future plans, after concerns from the teenager that he was not going to get enough minutes on the pitch.
Paper Round's view: Hudson-Odoi could be out of the best part of a year after rupturing his achilles, and he is probably young enough to make a full recovery. However, that uncertainty over his future may lead him to agree to a deal at Stamford Bridge in order to be certain he can make living over the next few years. The offer of regular football could turn his head, too.