Former Manchester United wonderkid Paul Pogba has committed his future to Italian giants Juventus, despite interest from the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City. He has also been heavy linked with a return to Old Trafford this summer, as reported by the Daily Star.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport is reporting that the French international, who starred at this summer’s World Cup, is set to agree a new contract with the winners of the Scudetto, which will keep him at the club until 2018.
His new contract will earn him £2.5 million a year, which the 21-year-old could have increased significantly if he had moved to one of the clubs interested in his signature.
Pogba infamously left Man Utd in 2012 to join Juventus, having struggled to impose himself on the first team. He has since gone on to become one of the most highly rated midfielders in world football, to the extent that he won the award for Young Player of the Tournament at this summer’s World Cup.
His departure was considered one of the great mistakes of Alex Ferguson’s later reign at Old Trafford, and there were suggestions that they were interested in re-signing him this summer. Chelsea had also maintained an interest, along with City.
The Liverpool linked Alexandre Lacazette looks likely to stay at Lyon this summer after turning down a move from fellow Premier League side Newcastle United, and the French side are confident of repelling further interest in him from the other sides keen for his signature, as reported by Inside Futbol.
There have been suggestions that Lacazette would be leaving the French side this summer after a series of clubs were linked with his signature, including Italian giants Juventus, but French newspaper L’Equipe have suggested that Lacazette has turned down a move to the north east side.
Liverpool have previously expressed an interest in Lacazette, with a source telling L’Equipe in April that: “It is assumed that Liverpool are among those making enquiries (with Lyon).”
The paper also said that Lyon are now confident that they can retain Lacazette, whose current deal expires in 2016, and are discussing new terms with their top goalscorer from last season. Lacazette scored 15 goals in 32 games.
Lyon are now expected to sell other players to raise funds, with both Clement Grenier and Samuel Umiti potential departures from Lyon. Les Gones are hoping to raise €20 million through selling players this summer, having finished 5th in Ligue 1 last season. Bafetimbi Gomis has already joined Swansea City on a free transfer.
Arsenal have today confirmed the signing of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina on a long-term deal, as reported by the BBC.
Ospina was a genuine World Cup hero this summer, aiding in his side’s spectacular efforts which saw them reach the quarter-finals in the tournament, only to be eliminated on penalties by the hosts Brazil. Ospina was one of two stars in the side, along with new Real Madrid signing James Rodriguez.
The Colombian keeper signed for French Ligue 1 side Nice in 2008 and played 177 games for them, replacing Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in the process. He had previously played for Atletico National, becoming their starting goalkeeper in the Colombian league at the age of only 17, making 97 appearances for them.
Arsene Wenger said: “David is an excellent goalkeeper. He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us.
“He has good experience and a proven record of performing.”
Arsenal manager Wenger has implied in the past that Ospina, who will probably begin his pre-season at the Emirates Cup tournament, may end up becoming Arsenal’s main goalkeeper, with questions remaining over Wojciech Szczesny’s ability and concentration levels.