There seems to be a difference of opinion about the value of Paul Pogba: somewhere between £ 50 million and £ 150 million.
The greater number is what Manchester United allegedly wants with every sale; the smaller is what Real Madrid or Juventus claim to pay.
And sometimes clubs negotiate tens of millions over players. It is unlikely that Madrid’s initial valuation of Gareth Bale was nearly £ 85.1 million that they gave Tottenham. But not hundreds. If an admirer came to the Glazers to buy Manchester United in its entirety, it could be possible that the sides could be separated by the odd £ 100m.
The suitors of Paul Pogba and Manchester United are a bit apart in their ratings of the star
However, if a player were to attract such wildly different estimates, this would suggest that a deal was almost impossible.
If Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United were really as much as £ 130 million apart – it is said that United fell to £ 150 million from an initial asking price of £ 180 million – it would only confirm the divisions of the individual.
Share the difference and United would still make a profit on a player with minimal impact. How many games has Pogba determined for its then world record transaction costs of £ 89.2 million? How many games could not be won without him?
He has made some decent turns, an occasional spark, a glimpse of the player’s promise that he could be to them, and occasionally he was part of a strong collective performance. Yet there is nothing that would give United his money back. Certainly nothing to justify profit.
United, who shot £ 90 million for the midfielder, will try to recoup this amount in the summer
A £ 150 million player not only wins matches, he makes the difference in title campaigns.
And it makes no sense that Pogba is a midfielder, and no attacker such as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. George Graham once said about Tony Adams that there were Arsenal games in which he thanked God for his leader. Competitions that he knew he would not have won without him. So this is more than just being a goal scorer.
John Terry, Vincent Kompany, N’Golo Kante, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira – they all made the difference on occasions. Look at the impact Virgil van Dijk had on Liverpool.
The determining influence does not always have a number 9 on its back.
Where is the Pogba canon in United? Where are the games in which he doubled or even added his transfer fee? If Manchester United cannot break, even on Pogba, Ed Woodward, the director, should not get the blame, who just went out in 2016 and did what Jose Mourinho demanded, the fee, wages and commission of the agent required to make him a man again.
However, if Woodward could approach £ 150m this summer, even £ 130m, he would earn a statue outside Old Trafford, right next to that of Sir Alex Ferguson. It would be the negotiating performance of the century.
However, Pogba has rarely demonstrated that he was worth the money spent on him in 2017
Mino Raiola, the Pogba agent, desperately tries to get his client from Old Trafford
The circumstances of Pogba are just as harmful to his appreciation as his performance. His contract – which has an extension of another 12 months – expires in the summer of 2021.
Interested parties know that United has to sell quickly or runs the risk of losing it for free, which means that the buying club has all the tickets, especially since Pogba has been injured most of this season. The thought of further inactivity as he ends his deal next year must horrify United.
We’ve all seen the pictures of Pogba who was working hard to return, but that’s all we’ve seen. Endless tradable images of Pogba exertion in the gym, often in exotic locations. As a sales tool, he must have been enormously successful for Manchester United; as a player of influence, not so much.
Think of the best of United in this campaign – victories in Chelsea and Manchester City, home victories in Tottenham and Leicester, even the draw with Liverpool – and he doesn’t play. His eight gigs, however, included the home defeat by Crystal Palace, the draw with Rochdale – United eventually won the penalty shoot-out – and Southampton, and the loss at Watford. Only the victory over Chelsea during the opening weekend is striking.
He was a great performance, with a lot of promise. It did not take long.
If British President Ed Woodward can sell him for £ 150 million, he will earn a statue
Likewise, while Pogba is with United, Mino is Raiola, his agent, who tries to undermine Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at every turn. He uses inflammatory language, casts shadow, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty.
If he gave Manchester United a competition winner, it might be worth it. United once paid Rodger Linse, agent of Ruud van Nistelrooy, more than £ 1.2 million for convincing his husband to sign a contract that he had already announced he wanted to sign.
Their explanation was that Linse Van Nistelrooy could have offered alternative options, and he was a crucial, sought after player. But what has Raiola done for them lately? He clearly turns Pogba’s head, with the result that his dedication to United has been questionable for some time.
And every potential buyer knows this. They know that Pogba wants to get out, they are aware of his contractual circumstances and they have seen his standards fall. There is nothing in his current situation that suggests that Manchester United can increase its costs. Not with tens of millions; not even at 10 pounds.
If they can get their money back, this is their best thing in years. But in all likelihood, only Raiola will benefit from Pogba’s time at Old Trafford – because it’s not like the player has also favored his career.
It is bureaucracy 1, football 0
Why football wraps itself in bureaucracy remains a mystery. With Son Heung-min injured, Tottenham urgently needs a striker. In the meantime, Olivier Giroud urgently needs playing time in Chelsea.
In any other industry, the solution would be simple if a large vacancy for staff and qualified workers were available. Only in football are there rules to prevent obvious resolutions that are beneficial to everyone and for most of the calendar year.
If a player is not being used, the transfer window is trade restrictions; for a club in crisis it’s madness.
Olivier Giroud is sitting on the couch in Chelsea while Tottenham needs a striker
Why 22-point opening at the top ensures a stay by Pep
I know a man who knows a man who knows Pep Guardiola. And because this guy is a supporter of Liverpool, they have enjoyed a good-natured back and forth over the years, just like rivals.
Then, the last time they spoke, Guardiola was suddenly serious. The gap at the top was 22 points as it is now, but Guardiola said he knew where they had gone. He did not make accurate mathematical estimates, but only gave an idea of where it was lost.
So here it is. There were six points to an absence of hunger on the part of Manchester City, Guardiola said. When a team has won the competition twice during the turn, the third season will always be difficult. Players find it hard to get up and go again. Happened in Bayern Munich, happened in Barcelona. It will be different next time.
Pep Guardiola thinks the injury of Aymeric Laporte has been a big blow to their title chances
Another six points can be attributed to Liverpool that came so close and went wrong last year. After that disappointment, their hunger would have increased enormously. They will have entered competitions with extra focus and determination, they will have known that the pursuit of their goal must be ruthless. Liverpool’s attitude would have been worth two more wins, Guardiola said.
Six more points, Guardiola resigned to the absence of Aymeric Laporte. Not surprisingly, his defensive qualities, but the way he brought the ball back and the influence he had on City’s forward play. Guardiola found Laporte so important to City that only his injury changed the title race. And yes, those are just 18 points.
Manchester City is short with 22. Yet they still have to play Liverpool on the Etihad, so there are three more. And Guardiola did not say he thought Manchester City should win the competition; just that they don’t have to be that far away. Now this could only be a man trying to convince himself – but it doesn’t sound like he would be completely reluctant to try again.
Japan denies virus threat to Games
Japan insists that the corona virus will not affect the smooth and efficient functioning of this summer’s Olympic Games. Of course it is. That is what Japan does. It overcomes adversity, it holds out against a catastrophe.
When last year a typhoon and an earthquake hit the Rugby World Cup simultaneously, Japan moved on. They lost a few pool games, but the next day there was a showpiece match between the hosts and Scotland in Yokohama. It was inspiring, incredible, a real achievement.
But is it healthy? Part of Japan’s coping mechanism was to insist that the typhoon hit was unpredictably rare. It wasn’t that. Japan always has such events in October. And coronavirus is real too. Perhaps the more lurid estimates of its threat will prove to be incorrect, but it is optimistic to admit the belief that Tokyo will be unaffected in five months.
We cannot know what will happen from here, but the Olympic hosts deny it. “Cancellation or postponement of the Tokyo Games was not considered,” said Toshiro Muto, the president. However, it must at least become an option at a certain moment. We know how important these games are to Japan, but loss of life is more important than loss of face.
Sarries exodus is a warning for City
The looming exodus from Saracens would always happen. Owen Farrell’s international career can survive outside the top division for a year, but that does not apply to teammates such as Ben Earl and Alex Lozowski, who have just entered the English team.
Farrell has nothing to prove to Eddie Jones while they have everything – and are not going to do it in the championship. Likewise, positive noises from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and other players in Manchester City mean little at this early stage where the club is still optimistic about undoing their UEFA ban. The Saracen team also seemed united in the beginning, but individuals have now taken stock.
That’s what will happen in City, so nothing is certain.
Matteo Guendouzi seemed like a great talent when he broke into the Arsenal team. He was a teenager with the potential to play a major role in Arsenal’s transition after the departure of Arsene Wenger.
Since consistency is clearly present, consistency remains a problem. As every 20-year-old is expected to perform according to an elite standard, there are good and bad games.
Guendouzi does not always have a place in the team and now he seems to have dropped out with manager Mikel Arteta after a demanding training camp in Dubai. It is said that Arteta was not impressed by Guendouzi’s attitude.
He would of course not be the first low-maintenance Arsenal player in recent years.
Most others, however, had enjoyed at least a good year or two before they occurred. Guendouzi could undoubtedly become a player – but right now, who does he think he is?
Matteo Guendouzi does not have the right to act for Arsenal when he is hardly one of their star players
Women’s rugby must do it alone
Catherine Spencer, a former rugby captain from England, asked an interesting question this week: why should the Six Nations of women compete with men?
Think about this. The same countries compete on the same weekends with the same list of matches. It follows that the home countries, plus France and Italy, are also the limit of the European competition in the ladies game? This is a tournament that cannot attract a title sponsor, often results in mismatches and has difficulty finding its place in the calendar. Does it even have to be added to the current schedule?
“I feel we’re in the men’s shadow,” Spencer said. “I think we have to escape. Are we going the other way and maybe two divisions and teams like Spain are involved? It is a tournament steeped in history, but I think it is hampering our development a bit. “
She is right. The Six Nations have a beautiful history, but it’s the history of men. The women’s version can be anything, go in any direction, forge its own identity, make its own story, include different countries, such as Spain, which beat Italy at the last World Cup, or Sweden, which made the 2010 edition and lost only 15 -9 from France. There are also options to make the game grow farther away, in Eastern Europe, but nothing can happen if the ambition stops to imitate the men.
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