WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

07/03/2012 09:33

Papers: Pogba off to Italy

The Daily Mail reports...

United paying for Pogba swoop
Juventus have agreed a deal for Manchester United contract rebel Paul Pogba. Sportsmail revealed last month that the Italians had outlined a four-year contract for the 18-year-old that is expected to earn him a basic £20,000 a week. His agent Mino Raiola, who represents Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, is also understood to have agreed a commission on the deal of around £1.7million. The France U19 international was left out of United's reserve fixture with West Brom last night and has not figured in the recent Premier League games despite travelling with the squad.

The Telegraph claims Sir Alex is "understood to be furious" that "the most promising youngster within Manchester United's youth set-up" rejected a contract offer, despite both Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand trying to persuade Pogba to stay. The same newspaper suggests "United are only set to receive a small amount of compensation, approximately £300,000, from Juventus this summer."

Other stories include Jonny Evans targeting another title to follow last season's record 19th league championship. Hence the Daily Star's headline, 'We'll be FC Twenty'. The Reds defender admits the clash with Manchester City on 30 April "will be a deciding point. Whoever gets the upper hand there will have a great chance of winning it."

Meanwhile, the Daily Express quotes Evra on how United's European campaign took an unexpected turn this term. "I can’t find the words to describe how I feel about us being knocked out of the Champions League. It was a sad day. It is embarrassing to play in the Europa League. Players dream about playing for United because it offers them the prospect of Champions League action."

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