Friday Kickoff: PSG and Real Madrid battle for Pogba; Wilshere "very down" from injury; and more

Friday Kickoff: PSG and Real Madrid battle for Pogba; Wilshere "very down" from injury; and more

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Friday Kickoff: PSG and Real Madrid battle for Pogba; Wilshere "very down" from injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

French midfielder Paul Pogba could be the most sought after transfer target of the summer.

Both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have made the 20-year-old Juventus man their No. 1 target this summer, and according to a report in Gazzetta Dello Sport, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has already met in person with Juventus president Andrea Agnelli. PSG are reportedly willing to spend upwards of €70 million ($97.3 million) to sign Pogba.

Spanish publication Marca report that Real Madrid have also contacted Juventus inquiring about Pogba.

Pogba, last year’s FIFA Under-20 Golden Ball winner, has kept a regular place in the Juventus side this season after breaking through in 2012/2013. Pogba has played 34 times for Juve in all competitions this season, scoring eight goals.

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WENGER SAYS WILSHERE IS “VERY DOWN” AFTER SUFFERING INJURY

What originally seemed like an incidental injury has turned into a serious problem for Arsenal.

The Gunners are set to be without midfielder Jack Wilshere for at least eight weeks after Wilshere suffered a hairline fracture on his foot, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that the injury has left Wilshere down in the dumps.

“You can only be very down, especially in the first days,” Wenger told reporters at a press conference about Wilshere. “He is in a boot and has gone away for a few days to get away from things and think about something else.”

Wenger also admitted the injury was an accident, after Denmark international Daniel Agger clattered into the 22-year-old Wilshere. Arsenal will receive insurance payments to cover Wilshere’s wages while he is away, but it now leaves the club without three midfielders. Aaron Ramsey and Kim Kallstrom continue to be sidelined.

QUICK KICKS

Real Madrid attacker Jese Rodriguez has a €50 million release clause, making him unlikely to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. (REPORT)

Shinji Kagawa could leave Manchester United this summer, with Inter Milan being linked with the Japanese midfielder. (REPORT)

Ligue 1 club FC Nantes will serve a one-year transfer ban on incoming players, set by FIFA, after losing an appeal in a Swiss court. (REPORT)

Micah Richards is set to leave Manchester City after refusing to sign a new contract. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you see Pogba moving this summer? Is he worth €70 million? Do you see Arsenal slipping in the EPL standings due to the injury?

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