Paul Pogba is demanding a £500,000 per week wage from Manchester United as the club look to open contract talks with the midfielder, according to The Sun.
Real Madrid are said to be preparing a summer bid for the France star, who has long flirted with the Spanish giants.
United are ready to tie him down to a new deal, but Pogba wants to earn the same as the club’s top paid player Alexis Sanchez. Real Madrid are ready to table a fresh new contract for Raphael Varane, which would see his salary rise from €6 million per year to €9 million.
According to AS, Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester United are all keeping a close eye on the Frenchman’s situation, after recent reports stating he is set to leave the club at the end of the season. However, Zinedine Zidane is desperate for Varane to remain at Santiago Bernabeu and he could become one of the Madrid’s highest earners if he pens a new deal.
Samuel Umtiti wants to remain at Barcelona amid ongoing transfer links to Manchester United – according to Diario Sport. The Frenchman is currently valued at around €70m ($79m, £60m), but he has endured a difficult season at the Camp Nou and faced criticism after a run of poor performances.
Despite Umtiti’s recent troubles, Barca are still aiming to retain his services and he is eager to fight for his place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI. Romelu Lukaku’s future is “very open”, according to his representative Federico Pastorello, with summer talks planned with Manchester United despite being tied to a long-term contract.
The Belgium international striker still has three years left to run on his current deal, but a move away from Old Trafford at some stage has been hinted at. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the La Liga champions are planning to offer superstar Lionel Messi a new contract.
In an interview with ESPN, the Barca boss says he sees his star man as having many years left at his best and wants him to be a one-club man. “We would like to renew his contract, that’s the idea,” he said. “He is young – you can see that [in his performances] – and he still has two years on his deal. He’s always improving, always innovating. I believe he still has many years in front of him and in the coming months we will sit down with him so that he has many more years at Barcelona.”