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Tribal Trends - Transfers: Pogba helps Real Madrid chances; Liverpool target Chukwueze; Inter agree Lukaku deal

It's that time of year again, who's excited?!

With the season now over, most of the attention has turned to the summer transfer market.

There are stories and speculation swirling around everywhere. Sometimes it feels overwhelming.

But please don't stress, because here at Tribalfootball we will summarise the biggest stories throughout football each week and let you know whether you should believe the paper talk or not…



Paul PogbaManchester United

Clubs Interested: Real Madrid

Manchester United's midfield maestro Paul Pogba has reportedly dropped his wage demands in a bid to secure a move to Real Madrid, according to Okdiario's Eduardo Inda.

"Pogba is practically done" Inda said while speaking on El Chiringuito.

"The first to appear will be (Eden) Hazard, and the next to appear will be Pogba, he has agreed to lower his Manchester salary: from 15m euros net per year to 12m euros.

"Adidas is pressing a lot because he is one of the two franchise players of the brand. I think we are talking about between 150-170 million euros fee."

The 2018/19 season was great for Pogba in terms of his productivity, but the problems that plagued Manchester United overshadowed his brilliant performances, which is one of the reasons he's keen on a move away from Old Trafford.

Real Madrid need to introduce a new dynamic to their team, and Pogba needs to leave Manchester United to realise his full potential.

Both parties need each other thus the possibility of the move going through is quite high.

Likelihood: All depends on the fee




Matthijs de Ligt - Ajax

Clubs Interested: Manchester United

Manchester United are looking to take a page out of Liverpool's playbook to fix their defensive problems ahead of next season by signing Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who is quite similar to the Reds' Virgil Van Dijk.

According to Sport, the Red Devils are willing to offer De Ligt a £240k-a-week contract in a bid to bolster their backline and push for a Champions League spot next season.

Barcelona are also interested in de Ligt, but there are doubts over the Catalan club's ability to match United's wage offer.

Whilst United may be able to offer a higher wage, Barcelona appears to be the obvious choice for de Ligt considering United's current standing in world football.

Likelihood: Unlikely




Romelu Lukaku - Manchester United

Clubs Interested: Inter Milan

Reports from Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has agreed to join Inter Milan ahead of the 2019/2020 Serie A season.

The Italian newspaper says Lukaku has given Inter's club representatives a verbal commitment about a move in the summer

The Belgium international remains a proven goalscorer despite an underwhelming season at Old Trafford, considering his exploits for club and country in previous seasons.

Inter Milan will be hoping he can regain the form that made United secure his services in the first place.

With Mauro Icardi likely to leave Inter and Lukaku looks like a great replacement and judging by his performances in the recently concluded Premier League season, Manchester United are keen on offloading him.

United are reportedly asking for a fee in the region of £70m, so Inter will need to sort out their FFP problems before moving forward.

Likelihood:This one looks like a done deal




Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal

Clubs Interested: Liverpool

Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze.

The Nigerian forward is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in La Liga and according to Metro, Jurgen Klopp is looking to bring him to Anfield.

Liverpool, though, could part ways with Xhediran Shaqiri in a bid to facilitate Chukwueze's transfer.

Shaqiri has put up some sublime performances for Liverpool since his arrival at the club, but he's been unable to stake a claim on a starting position.

And considering his age of 27, Klopp probably believes it would be more beneficial in the long-term to replace him with 20-year-old Chukwueze.

Likelihood: Shaqiri doesn't have a major role in the squad so offloading him for a younger player wouldn't be difficult. Looks very likely.

***To read our exclusive interview with Samuel Chukwueze,click here.***




Henrikh Mkhitaryan- Arsenal

Clubs Involved: Arsenal

Reports suggest that Arsenal are looking to part ways with Armenia international, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who could not participate in the Europa League final due to political tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Mkhitaryan currently earns £180k-per-week and is Arsenal's fourth highest-paid player.

But the Gunners feel his performances don't warrant such a wage hence they're looking to offload him in a bid to facilitate the acquisition of some new players.

We all know what Mkhitaryan is capable of on his day, but he's lacked consistency ever since he arrived at Arsenal.

And with Unai Emery looking to make his team a more consistent outfit it's not inconceivable that he'd think to part ways with Mkhitaryan.

Likelihood: Could happen at the right price

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