Manchester United 'offered Miralem Pjanic in Paul Pogba bid'

Arsenal transfer news Barcelona Ousmane Dembele

Arsenal transfer news Barcelona Ousmane Dembele

Reports on Monday from Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio claimed that Barcelona made an official offer for Pogba that consisted of $58 million plus defender Yerry Mina and midfielder Andre Gomes, an offer which Manchester United scoffed at as paltry compared to their valuation of the Frenchman.

José Mourinho said that he would welcome any contributions made by Manchester United players who have recently returned from the World Cup. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

According to Bild, the Germany global is said to have personally called Mourinho to inform him of his decision after Niko Kovac's intervention and plea for the experienced centre-back to remain with the German champions. Bild football writer Christian Falk tweeted: "Jerome Boateng called Jose Mourinho to tell him personally that he is grateful for the interest, but he won't come to Manchester".

Pogba endured a turbulent time at Old Trafford last season.

The Red Devils have also been linked with Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld.

As reported by Matt Law in today's Telegraph, Chelsea have agreed to pay a world record £71.6m to replace Thibaut Courtois with Athletic Bilbao's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, enabling Courtois to move to Real Madrid.

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Arsenal transfer news Unai Emery admires Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele

However, late arrivals remain a possibility, especially after Calum Chambers was allowed to leave for Fulham on a season-long loan yesterday.

Mina, 23, was one of Colombia's stars at the recent World Cup, the towering central defender scoring three goals in three games. Arsenal is certainly one of those as the new boss Unai Emery is busy scanning the transfer market and continues to look out for a marquee and statement-like signing.

BST: Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, now at MLS club DC United, has said he believes Jose Mourinho needs "maybe another signing or two" to launch a Premier league title challenge.

Willian has suggested he would be happy to stay at Chelsea for the 2018-2019 but the 29-year-old has left the door ajar for a reunion with Mourinho.

Nigeria star Moses Simon has joined Levante on a five-year contract from Gent.

He missed much of last season with a serious hamstring injury and struggled to force his way back in to Ernesto Valverde's first-team plans.

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