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Real Madrid and Juventus both want Marcus Rashford

Fair enough

England v Croatia - UEFA Nations League A Marcus Rashford.

Regarding Paul Pogba, there are two pieces of news in the Mirror. The first piece of news is that Pogba wants to leave Manchester United for Juventus, and has told his former team-mates that. That means that United would be able to at least get their money back, and then bring in a player who can be bothered to concentrate for the full hour and a half that matches traditionally last. It would be even better were Pogba willing to stay and keep his thinking cap on. The other bit of news is that Pogba’s injury, the one that kept him out against Manchester City and also meant he missed international duty, is healed sufficiently for the game against Crystal Palace.

Real Madrid, say the Daily Mail, want to sign Marcus Rashford from United, along with Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur, which is a handy way of adding to the work count. Rashford has lost his way at United, and is little better now for England. There’s an excellent and skilful player in him, but he appears to have matured little compared to Anthony Martial. A sale would seem over the top, but letting him go on loan to a more attacking side might help improve his game.

There’s also a story on ESPN that Juventus are interested in Rashford too, who obviously think they might be able to get a bargain of some kind.

Manchester United are in the Football Leaks revelations, which suggests that United drew up two agreements with Monaco over the deal for Falcao. They paid a loan fee, but also agreed to pay for a separate friendly. It doesn’t appear to break any rules, but at this point the world is past caring anyway. If you have enough money, then UEFA will roll over as long as it gets its cut.

And lastly Jose Mourinho has accurately described what is going on in the world of football and football journalism - that people who don’t understand the game rely too much on statistics. The kind of guff that qualifies as analysis these days highlights just what a limiting factor stats can be. Anyway, that’s in the Guardian, which runs its own fairly irrelevant data blogs.