Barcelona boss refuses to rule out move for Paul Pogba

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he has ‘never been so happy’ with Paul Pogba – but rumours of a rift and a possible move transfer to Barcelona persist.

The Portuguese boss was said to have had a bust up with the World Cup winner, something he and the club deny.

Pogba has been tight-lipped on it all – and so is Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde.

He has refused to deny rumours of a possible deal, but has said they will pay respect to Manchester United over the highly-rated talisman.

Barcelona were said to have offered a player-plus-cash deal for the Frenchman – and agent Mino Raiola is still keen to push a deal through.

But Valverde told reporters at a news conference."We do not get into discussions about players of other teams.

"We want them to respect our players and we respect those of others."

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Matteo Darmian will stay at Manchester United despite repeated attempts to leave

Matteo Darmian will sensationally stay at Manchester United – despite spending the summer trying to get away from Old Trafford.

The former Torino defender had been linked with a move back to Serie A with Napoli, Juventus and Inter Milan keen.

But with the Serie A transfer deadline passing at 7pm today, Jose Mourinho expects him to stay – with La Liga now his only viable destination.

Mourinho said: “I don’t think he will go and he cannot have any bad feeling towards us because we opened the door for him in case his desire was to go.

“But it looks like it’s not going to end in a transfer and for me it is good news that Matteo is staying."

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Paul Pogba to captain Manchester United at Brighton, confirms Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Paul Pogba will captain Manchester United on Sunday.

The Portuguese, speaking at his pre-Brighton press conference on Friday, was at pains to point out his happiness with the Frenchman, despite suggestions that their relationship has hit rock bottom.

Pogba spoke out last weekend, after captaining the side to a 2-1 opening day win over Leicester, and in a clear reference to his relationship with the United boss declared: “There are things I can say and there are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.”

Mourinho has since kept his own counsel on the World Cup winner, until Friday afternoon, where he stated he is “very happy” with the 25-year-old and insists they have “never had a heated discussion”.

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