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Man Utd news round-up: Raiola on Pogba future, Chelsea want Henderson, Haaland speaks out

Pogba agent refuses to rule out switch to Serie A giants from Man United

Manchester United star Paul Pogba ‘would not mind’ going back to former club Juventus this summer, his representative Mino Raiola has confirmed.

The 26-year-old star is hoping to leave Old Trafford for the second time in the summer and MEN Sport revealed Paul has already made his teammates aware of his desire to move on.

Real Madrid have been frontrunners for a long time to lure the midfielder out of the club and Pogba added fuel to the fire in the summer by stating he was ‘ready for a new challenge.’

And Mino has given another update on his client’s future admitting a transfer back to Juventus, where United bought the player from in the summer of 2016, could be on the cards.

“Italy is like home for Paul. He would not mind going back to Juve but we will see what will happen after the Euros,” Mino told reporters after Juventus’s clash against AC Milan on Thursday.

“Paul wants to play at the best level but he can’t escape by Manchester United if they are in a difficult situation.”

Paul has only started six times this season because of injury and while his teammates have been on a training camp in Spain Pogba has been working hard to get back to full fitness in Dubai.

In other news, Maurizio Sarri’s side are reportedly preparing to battle the Rd Devils for the signature of Birmingham City talent Jude Bellingham during this summer’s transfer window.

United were strongly mentioned with the midfielder the previous month but were unable to get a deal over the line.

The Red Devils are allegedly determined to sign the 16-year-old ace at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, but according to the Daily Mail, the Italian outfit are now firmly in the race.

Man Utd in danger of losing impressive English keeper Dean Henderson

Chelsea are reportedly considering a surprise bid for Manchester United shot-stopper Dean Henderson.

Their No.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga has been underperforming this campaign, leading to rumours manager Frank Lampard has run out of patience with him.

The Spaniard cost £71.6m when he signed from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2018 and made a decent start at the Blues.

However, a loss of form this term as well as an incident during the Carabao Cup final last season, in which he defied then-Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s orders to be substituted, has seen Kepa slip down the pecking order.

And according to a recent report by ESPN, Dean Henderson – currently on loan at Sheffield United – is being chased by Chelsea.

It is believed that Henderson is also on French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain’s radar.

He has kept nine clean sheets for the Blades this campaign – the same as Liverpool stopper Alisson – and has a 75% save ratio.

His side have the second best defensive record in the league, behind only Jurgen Klopp’s side.

However, he is due to return to Old Trafford in the summer but is improbable to settle for a place on the bench as David de Gea’s understudy.

The 22-year-old is pushing for a place in Gareth Southgate’s roster at Euro 2020 in the summer.

Meanwhile, Kepa is in a similar situation as the star battles the likes of De Gea for a place in their country’s squad for the finals.

Chelsea’s next game incidentally sees them host Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday night.

Dortmund striker quizzed on reports Man Utd baulked at his wage demands

Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland has slammed claims that his wage demands caused a prospective transfer to Manchester United to fall through during the January market.

The 19-year-old striker left RB Salzburg for Dortmund the previous month and has enjoyed a prolific start to his professional career in Germany, scoring eight goals in his first 270 minutes of action.

The Red Devils had been tracking Haaland – who played under his compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde – but the deal reportedly never got off the ground because of a release clause the striker’s agent, Mino Raiola, insisted on as well as Erling’s hefty wage demands.

But Erling has hit back at those reports and insists money did not play a significant factor in his transfer decision, with a move to Die Borussen the best step for his development.

Questioned about the rumours United baulked at his wage demands, the young forward told Viasport:

‘No, it’s the guys writing would have to speak to that. They’ll have to explain it to me if they meet me.

‘It’s not my focus whatsoever. It’s kind of comical if I were to get that label. All the people closest to me know that’s not the kind of person I am.’

Meantime, Inter Milan are allegedly still undecided when it comes to Chile international Alexis Sanchez’s future at San Siro.

United will reportedly be looking to sell Sanchez on a permanent deal this summer in spite of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently claiming that the winger could have a future at Old Trafford.

However, according to FC Inter News, Nerazzurri are still unsure whether they want to land the South American on a permanent deal at the end of the 2019-20 season.