Juventus will wait until a new head coach is appointed to discuss the possibility of an audacious attempt to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, says sporting director Fabio Paratici.

The Serie A champions are reported to have begun dialogue with the Red Devils over a deal for Pogba, who departed Turin to re-join United in August 2016 for a then world-record fee after winning four league titles and two Coppas Italia with Juve.

Pogba has often found his form at Old Trafford come under scrutiny and has been touted as a transfer target for Real Madrid, who are undergoing a close-season of rebuilding under Zinedine Zidane.

But the World Cup winner is said to be open to returning to Juve, with the Italian giants rumoured to be considering offering Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa or Alex Sandro as a makeweight.

Paratici was asked about a move for Pogba and Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa – who is also reportedly on Juve's radar – and he says any transfers are dependent on who replaces Massimiliano Allegri at the Allianz Stadium.

"Federico Chiesa? We certainly have a competitive team, as far as the market is concerned, we await the name of the coach," he told reporters.

"We will make the necessary assessments after announcing it. 

"Pogba? The same, we'll speak with the new coach."

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is the overwhelming favourite to be appointed Juve's new head coach and has supposedly told the Blues he wants to leave to take the job.

Paratici said several names are being considered and the club are working hard to assess their options.

"We have very clear ideas about the new coach. We are working, it takes time," he added.

"As I said, we have a range of names, not just one name. There is no time limit, we are working and we are working very calmly." 

Rodrigo has asked Atletico Madrid to grant him "space" as he ponders his future amid reported interest from Manchester City.

The Spain midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions and has a reported €70million release clause in his Atleti contract.

City are thought to be keen on bolstering their options at defensive midfield with Fernandinho now 34 and Rodrigo has done little to quell speculation he could fill that particular transfer wish of Pep Guardiola.

Speaking to Deportes Cuatro, the 22-year-old said: "I asked the club for peace of mind to give me space.

"It would be hypocritical to say that I can guarantee anything.

"The only thing I can say is that I have a contract with Atletico Madrid, I have a clause, I have some conditions and today I am happy here.

"I cannot say anything else because I do not know what's going to happen."

City, who won a domestic treble in England last season, have also been linked with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele.

Phil Jagielka has announced he is to leave Everton after spending 12 seasons at Goodison Park.

The club captain completed the switch to Merseyside from Sheffield United ahead of the 2007-08 campaign and has made 386 appearances for The Toffees, but just seven of those came in the Premier League last term.

Jagielka's form at Everton saw him earn international recognition with England and he won 40 caps for the Three Lions, two of which came at the 2014 World Cup.

Announcing his departure on Instagram, Jagielka wrote: "It's been hard to confirm my situation for next season as that decision hadn't been fully made by the club until now, unfortunately my journey at Everton has come to an end after 12 fantastic seasons.

"I have been lucky enough to play over 380 games and lucky enough to be club captain for six years.

"All I can say is thanks to all the players I've played alongside, all the staff that have helped me in their own way, the chairman and of course the amazing fans  

"Wishing everyone associated with this special club the very best for the future!!."

Liverpool have confirmed Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno will leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Sturridge joined the Champions League winners from Premier League rivals Chelsea in January 2013 and scored 67 goals in 160 appearances across all competitions.

Moreno, meanwhile, was signed from Sevilla in August 2014 and made 141 appearances for the Reds, scoring three goals.

Both players struggled for game time during the 2018-19 season, with Sturridge making just eight starts in all competitions and Moreno limited to four.

Liverpool's formidable frontline of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane has severely restricted Sturridge's opportunities over the past two seasons but boss Jurgen Klopp says his influence in the dressing room has been vital to the Reds' success.

"Like many players in my squad, Daniel has had to be patient and contribute when asked during games, but even this season he has played a vital role," he told the club's official website.

"What maybe is missed on the outside of the club by many is what a great leader Daniel is in our dressing room.

"He is smart, confident and not afraid to speak up when he thinks there is something that needs adapting to help the team. He has been great with many of the younger players also, so he has been so important to our progression here.

"Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great. He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important.

"He is one of the best finishers I have ever seen in my life. He scores goals you think could and should not be possible."

Klopp also had praise for Moreno, a player he believes will force his way back into the Spain squad in the near future.

"I know this season, and the end of the last, maybe the minutes on the pitch he would have wanted and deserved were not there, but his contribution did not diminish.

"How he was in training kept the entire group on their toes. Alberto is world-class, and I know he will be back in the Spain national team in the not-too distant future."

Liverpool have confirmed Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno will leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Declan Rice is ready to play "dirty" against "fantastic player" Frenkie de Jong to help England overcome Netherlands in the Nations League semi-finals.

The West Ham midfielder pinpointed De Jong as a major threat to England's chances at Estadio Dom Afonso in Guimaraes.

De Jong, who will join Barcelona for next season after agreeing a move worth a potential €86million in January, was a key member of the Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals and his accomplished performances showed why the Blaugrana rate him so highly.

Rice is hoping to make his third appearance for the Three Lions and is ready for a physical battle with the 22-year-old.

"He is a fantastic player," Rice told reporters. "I am relishing the chance to put myself up against him.

"You cannot give him too much respect on the pitch because that is when he starts to dictate the game.

"You have got to be dirty, up in his face and try and disrupt him from playing his game. I am sure as a team we will do well to stop the Dutch.

"This will be, if I am involved, the biggest game of my life. We are in the semi-finals against a great side."

Rice earned three senior caps in friendlies for the Republic of Ireland before writing to FIFA in February to request a transfer of his registration to England in a decision he admitted at the time was "extremely difficult".

Four months on, he said the media fallout from the switch of allegiances did not adversely affect his season at West Ham or his preparations for international duty with England.

"Most people would have thought that was tough to take on, with loads of papers in Ireland writing about me and Irish players speaking about me," said Rice.

"But it is always going to blow over and I am so laid back, I do not really take much notice of it.

"I am just focused on what I have got to do for club and country. I have had to be mentally strong and I have been like that since I was a kid."

Maurizio Sarri says "the call of home is strong" amid rumours he will step down as Chelsea head coach to take over at Juventus.

The Italian arrived at Stamford Bridge on a three-year deal in July 2018 but has been heavily linked with the vacant post at Serie A champions Juve after Massimiliano Allegri's departure.

Sarri, who claimed his first piece of major silverware when the Blues beat Arsenal in the Europa League final last week, admits the lure of a return to Italy could be too potent to resist.

"For us Italians, the call of home is strong," he told Vanity Fair. "You feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I have begun to feel the weight of distant friends and elderly parents I rarely see.

"At my age I only make professional choices. I won't be able to train for another 20 years. When I return home to Tuscany I feel like a stranger."

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho followed Sarri to Stamford Bridge from Napoli last year and said the club's supporters could consider a move to Juve as a "betrayal".

Sarri, though, has played down suggestions going to Turin would upset them and does not believe their relationship would suffer.

"The Napoli fans know the love I feel for them," he added. "I have chosen to go abroad for the last year and not to go to an Italian team. 

"This profession can lead to other paths; the relationship will not change. Loyalty is giving 110 per cent when you are there. 

"What does it mean to be faithful? If one day the club sends you away, what are you to do? Stay true to a wife you divorced from?"

Jurgen Klopp admitted he was flattered by Franz Beckenbauer's effusive praise, but reiterated his future is at Anfield after the Bayern Munich legend stated his wish to see the Liverpool boss in Bavaria.

Beckenbauer, a former Bayern player and manager, spoke about his admiration for the Liverpool manager, describing him as "one of the world's best coaches" and expressing his hope that Klopp will one day take over at the Germany champions.

Klopp, who guided Liverpool to Champions League glory in Madrid on Saturday, reminded Beckenbauer that he is tied to a contract at Anfield that runs until June 2022, but indicated that anything is possible beyond that.

"I like Franz - and he likes me. But I have a long-term contract in Liverpool," Klopp told Bild.

"If Franz says something like that, I much prefer that than if he would say, 'Klopp cannot do anything'.

"However, both Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have very good coaches. And what could be in five years or more... I do not know.

"Maybe there will be completely different coaches in contention."

In the aftermath of Liverpool winning Europe's premier club competition for the sixth time, speculation is mounting over the future of Klopp's star players.

The transfer window is open and the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona are being linked with audacious swoops for Reds forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, as well as defender Virgil van Dijk.

Klopp said he had no fears of losing his key players, saying none of them bade him a telling goodbye at the end of a stunning season at Anfield.

"It was not like one of them said farewell to me for a long time," said the 51-year-old.

"I think the players know what an extraordinary club they're playing for, so I'm not worried about that."

Paul Pogba's back-and-forth career could seemingly continue if Juventus have their way.

Three years after returning to Manchester United, the midfielder may be on his way back to Turin.

Pogba, 26, might yet end up back at Juventus if reports from Italy are to be believed.

 

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According to Sky Sport Italia, the Serie A champions have started to make their move for their former midfielder Pogba.

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has reportedly opened talks with the France international's agent Mino Raiola regarding wages.

Still, plenty of work would need to be done, with United sure to want to recoup at least the €105million they paid for Pogba in August 2016.

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- Luis Suarez could be a target for David Beckham. The Inter Miami co-owner wants the 32-year-old Barcelona star to be the club's headline signing ahead of their debut MLS season in 2020, according to Esport3.

- Perhaps that is why Barcelona are eager for Neymar to return to Camp Nou. However, according to Radio Monte Carlo, Paris Saint-Germain have told the LaLiga champions the Brazil attacker is not for sale in what is shaping up to be a drawn-out saga this close season.

- Benfica attacker Joao Felix is wanted and two of the Premier League's biggest clubs are set to join the chase for the Portuguese teenager. According to the Mirror, rivals Manchester City and Manchester United want to land the 19-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Real Madrid as Benfica look for a €120m release clause to be met.

- Zinedine Zidane's rebuild at Real Madrid is set to begin with the signing of Chelsea star Eden Hazard. According to Goal and Mundo Deportivo, Madrid representatives are heading to London to complete the deal, expected to be in the region of €120m. That may just be the start for Madrid, who are close to sealing a €55m deal for Lyon's Ferland Mendy, according to AS.

- Antonio Conte is eager to strengthen his Inter squad and the club may meet Roma this week to discuss a move for Edin Dzeko, according to Sky Sport Italia. The striker, 33, only scored nine league goals in 2018-19, his worst return since his first season in Italy in 2015-16, but may be available for as little as €10m.

- Champions League winners Liverpool and runners-up Tottenham are also seemingly wasting no time after the Madrid decider. According to the Mirror, striker Divock Origi is set for talks with Liverpool after being offered a new contract following his heroics in Europe. Tottenham, meanwhile, have made contact with Lyon over midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to Le10Sport, with a deal potentially to be struck this month.

Former Juventus defender Lilian Thuram believes it is hard to see Pep Guardiola leaving Manchester City amid reports linking the manager to the Serie A champions.

Guardiola has been linked with a shock move to Turin after winning two Premier League titles in three seasons with City.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is also a reported target for Juve, who opted to sack Massimiliano Allegri last month.

Thuram, who won two Serie A titles in five seasons at Juve, feels it is unlikely Guardiola would leave City.

"Guardiola is a great manager, but I think he's not going to leave Manchester City honestly," he said on Monday.

"Juventus always had great managers and I think football is wonderful because you can play it in a lot of ways.

"You can win playing with the style of Guardiola or with the style of [Liverpool manager Jurgen] Klopp. They have different styles.

"Juve won a lot of titles in Serie A in a row thanks to a really good manager. And I'm sure the next manager of Juventus will be another great one. The club know what to do as always."

Juve have won eight consecutive Serie A titles, but have continued to fall short in their bid for a first Champions League crown since 1996.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is also linked with the vacant post and Thuram praised the 60-year-old Italian.

"I don't know Sarri as manager really well, but I know that his teams play great football," he said.

"His Napoli played really well and he won with Chelsea, but I read somewhere that he doesn't want to leave Chelsea."

Premier League new boys Aston Villa have confirmed Ross McCormack has been released from his contract.

Scotland striker McCormack cost Villa £12million when he signed from Fulham in 2016, but his last appearance for the club came in the EFL Cup in September 2017.

He contributed only three Championship goals in his three years at Villa Park, which included A-League spells with Melbourne City and Central Coast Mariners.

McCormack's contract was reportedly set to reward him with a pay rise to £70,000 a week following Villa's defeat of Derby County in the play-off final.

But Villa announced in a brief statement on Monday that McCormack has been released "after signing a variation agreement". 

Villa have also released Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Tommy Elphick, Albert Adomah, Glenn Whelan, Ritchie De Laet, Mark Bunn and Micah Richards after their contracts expired.

Leeds United should consider selling star centre-back Pontus Jansson and allow youngsters the chance to impress, according to former manager Simon Grayson.

Marcelo Bielsa could face a fight over his most talented players following the failure to win promotion to the Premier League.

Young winger Jack Clarke has been linked to Tottenham, while Aston Villa are rumoured to be monitoring midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Top scorer Kemar Roofe is also entering the final season of his contract and Grayson advised his ex-employers to focus first and foremost on retaining their crop of young prospects.

He thinks selling Jansson, who has been linked with Premier League clubs including Wolves and Newcastle United as well as Benfica, would not necessarily be a bad decision.

"There are other players I would want to keep ahead of Pontus Jansson," Grayson told Omnisport. "People like Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke, the younger players who can be the bedrock of Leeds for the next few years.

"I think Jansson does well when he concentrates on what he is there to do, in terms of being a defender

"Of course, they want to try and keep hold of them if possible, but players have been sold in the past to finance the next group of players.

"Roofe has proved he is goalscorer and Phillips, with his versatility and age, his ability on the ball, he is such a key player for what Leeds have done this season.

"I think he has a really bright future in front of him and let's hope they can keep hold of him."

It could be a period of upheaval at Elland Road with Qatari Sports Investments, the group that controls Paris Saint-Germain, reportedly in talks to acquire at least a minority stake from owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Fresh investment would boost the Yorkshire club's bid to end a 15-year absence from the Premier League but Grayson, whose Leeds side sat second at Christmas in 2010, believes they might already be there had Bielsa been more aggressive in the transfer market.

Leeds failed to land top target Daniel James from Swansea City in January and surrendered second spot to Sheffield United, before losing out in the play-offs to Derby County.

"I think personally I would have strengthened in January," Grayson said.

"When I was in charge of Leeds I wasn't given that opportunity. I think Bielsa was given that opportunity, but he just didn't want to do it.

"That was his decision, but I just felt they were a couple of players short of getting over the line."

Thomas Meunier will consider becoming a free agent next year if Paris Saint-Germain rebuff the "dozen" clubs that have made contact since January.

Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in taking the Belgium international to the Premier League for a cut-price fee in the more immediate future.

PSG will have an important decision to make if offers are submitted, with just 12 months left to run on right-back Meunier's contract.

The Ligue 1 champions are already set to lose Adrien Rabiot for nothing and could run into a similar headache at the end of next season.

"It's something that could suit me," Meunier told Le Parisien when asked about the prospect of leaving next year.

"I don't think the club would make a lot of money from me, actually. I have a market value, but I'm a defender, I play one game out of three and I'm turning 28.

"It's not like Adrien, who is worth 50million euros."

While midfielder Rabiot was frozen out after refusing to sign a new deal, Meunier is more receptive to staying at Parc des Princes.

The former Club Brugge player is willing to discuss an extension if PSG choose to end the impasse.

"I told the leaders that I was ready to stay, that I would like it a lot," he said.

"They didn't tell me, 'We absolutely want to sell you'. They know that at some point they will need me.

"If the club tells me, 'Listen, we want to sell you, we need money, there's financial fair play', and I will not play next year, then we will find a solution to satisfy both sides, of course."

As for rumours of a switch to England, Meunier added: "There have been phone calls since January with interested clubs. There are a dozen clubs, all of which are in the top five of their leagues."

Meunier started 27 times for PSG during the 2018-19 season, scoring five goals.

West Ham have offloaded striker Lucas Perez to LaLiga side Deportivo Alaves.

The 30-year-old struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, firstly as an Arsenal player and then after moving to the London Stadium last year.

He cost Arsenal a reported £17million from Deportivo La Coruna in 2016 before switching capital city allegiances last summer.

West Ham said Perez departed for an undisclosed fee after scoring six times in 19 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers.

Alaves, who finished 11th in LaLiga last term, announced the forward has signed a three-year contract with them.

Last month Alaves confirmed the appointment of Asier Garitano as their new head coach after the departure of Abelardo.

Tim Krul has vowed to get to grips with "unfinished business" in the Premier League after signing a new deal with Norwich City.

The Dutch goalkeeper built up top-flight experience during his 11-year career at Newcastle United, before spending a frustrating season at Brighton and Hove Albion in 2017-18.

He was limited to cup appearances with the Seagulls but has reignited his career since joining Norwich last July, proving a mainstay of the side that lifted the Championship title last month.

Krul's new three-year contract with the promoted Canaries was announced on Monday, and he said: "I'm over the moon to be extending my journey at Norwich City. The club gave me the opportunity to play week in week out and to play every second last season was amazing."

He called winning silverware "one of the proudest moments of my career", but Krul is determined it should be the start of something big, rather than the height of his and the club's ambitions.

After signing up until the end of the 2021-22 season, he said: "It's the most exciting league in the world. I feel like I have unfinished business there and I'm just really excited to face these big teams again."

Krul, 31, added to Norwich's official website: "There's going to be big challenges because we are going into the best league there is. My biggest message to everyone is to take the opportunity with both hands and don't be fazed by big teams and big players."

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