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Transfer Talk: Manchester United expect £200m windfall from Pogba, Lukaku sales

With Paul Pogba’s future at Man United hanging in the balance, ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden explains why he expects the Frenchman will depart this summer.
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The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Pogba and Lukaku to leave United for £200m

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will leave Manchester United this summer for a combined £200 million, according to The Mirror

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola insists that the France international is heading to Real Madrid, while Lukaku could head to Juventus or Inter Milan. Manchester United won’t block moves for either, says the report.

United will ask for around £120m for Pogba, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s statement on Friday, when he told the press: “You can’t guarantee anything in football but, yes, I think Paul’s going to be here, he’s very determined to succeed at Manchester United.

And AS adds further credence to the rumours that Pogba is done at Old Trafford saying the attacking midfielder has handed in a request to be sold and has even agreed to preliminary terms with the Spanish giants.

Lukaku and Pogba both struggled to lead United on Boxing Day, something that speaks to the team's current dysfunction.
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku could both be set for a summer exit from Manchester United.

D.C. United target Williams

MLS side D.C. United have expressed their interest in signing Ashley Williams from Everton, who is currently on loan at Stoke City, according to The Sun

Should Williams join the American club, he would be re-united with former Toffees teammate Wayne Rooney, who signed for D.C. United in the summer of 2018 and has put the team back on the path to past glories.

But they’re not the only club chasing his signature, as Aston Villa and Huddersfield have also announced their interest in the central defender. Over in MLS, Eastern Conference leaders New York City FC are also interested, so Williams has plenty of options at his disposal.

Klopp not giving up hope on Fekir

Liverpool’s long-standing interest in Lyon’s Nabil Fekir is still ongoing, as The Mirror reports that the Merseyside club are still hoping to sign the attacker ahead of next season. 

The Reds were so close to completing the signing of Fekir last summer that he had already taken official photos and done interviews carried out for the club. However, Fekir failed his medical and Klopp’s side didn’t take the risk.

Despite that, Liverpool are still interested, but so too are Juventus, who consider Fekir part of their summer spending spree plans, adding to the signing of Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal. Fekir recently parted company with his agent in an effort to force a move away from Lyon.

In the Premier League, champions Manchester City have also registered interest in snatching Fekir away from their title challengers.

Tap-ins

– Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho won’t be going anywhere this summer if sporting director Michael Zorc has it his way, according to the Mirror. The England attacker has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United over recent weeks, but Zorc insists an approach for the player has not been made and that clubs shouldn’t bother making one in the first place.

– Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he will not stand in the way of Kalidou Koulibaly or Lorenzo Insigne should they seek moves away from the Italian club this summer, the Daily Mail reports. Manchester United and Real Madrid are said to be interested in Koulibaly, while Chelsea and Liverpool could be after Insigne.

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