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The Exploding Heads recap Transfer Deadline Day where a few big names were linked with moves, but the day has become a shadow of itself.

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs closed on Thursday. Click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys, but 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-Ramsey axis in Turin?

With Aaron Ramsey almost certain to be joining Juventus in the summer, the Old Lady has turned her eyes towards former midfielder Paul Pogba as her next target.

According to the Mirror, Juve are desperate to lure the French World Cup winner back to Turin, where he spent four fruitful years before his move back to Manchester United in 2016.

Pogba was touted as a likely departure from Old Trafford under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho but has looked a different player since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as caretaker United boss in December.

Could the 25-year-old be persuaded to stay if Solskjaer was given the manager’s position permanently? This transfer rumour could rumble on for a while yet.

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09.30 GMT: Premier League champions Manchester City are ready to spend £80m on two English full-backs to bolster their squad in the summer, according to The Sun on Sunday.

The paper reports that City boss Pep Guardiola wants to bring in Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell (valued at £50m) and Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£30m).

Kyle Walker has spent a few games on the bench in recent weeks, while Benjamin Mendy’s continued injury problems mean City could spend big again to replenish at full-back.

PAPER TALK: De Gea to follow Martial’s lead?

Speaking of persuading players to stay at Old Trafford, David De Gea will reportedly be the next cab off the rank in terms of Man United contract negotiations.

Anthony Martial signed a new, five-year deal last week and the Standard says that De Gea has been underlined as next priority for United chief executive Ed Woodward.

Spain international De Gea has long been linked with a move back to his homeland, and one potential stumbling block could be the goalkeeper’s salary, with the 28-year-old apparently holding out for £400,000-a-week — a pay packet on par with teammate Alexis Sanchez.

Chelsea join the race for Pochettino

Chelsea dismantled Huddersfield 5-0 on Saturday, but that win has not taken any pressure off manager Maurizio Sarri, if the Express is to be believed.

The paper says that the Italian tactician will be sacked if the Blues don’t secure a top-four spot and that a replacement in the form of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is firmly in the sights of owner Roman Abramovich.

The Spurs manager is already the leading candidate to take over the reins at both Manchester United and Real Madrid, meaning that Chelsea will face stiff competition to sign former Southampton manager — that is of course if he leaves Spurs at all.

Pochettino still has four years left to run on the contract he signed last May and figures upwards of £50 million have been mentioned as a starting price for any club game enough to try and pry the manager away from Daniel Levy’s project at Spurs.

Tap-ins

– The Mirror reckons Tottenham have identified Bournemouth’s David Brooks as the man to break their year-long transfer drought. The last first-team player Spurs signed was Lucas Moura, way back in January 2018.

– The Sun says Spurs were willing to match Crystal Palace’s £8m loan fee for Michy Batshuayi on Deadline Day, but that Chelsea were not interested in strengthening a rival.

– Mike Ashley’s decision to sanction a record-breaking move for Miguel Almiron came with a caveat, according to the Mirror. The Newcastle owner now expects manager Rafa Benitez to commit his future to the club for another three years.



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