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Paul Pogba back at Juventus, USMNT players looking for playing time, and more on transfer deadline day.


Jun-24 21:22 first published at 21:22 PM

What could be more enjoyable than a cup of coffee with the most recent transfer rumors? Join us as we discuss the most recent news from around the globe and what it means for your favorite clubs, courtesy of CBS Sports. While players leaving for the World Cup look for moves to gain playing time, Paul Pogba has returned to Juventus. Chris Richards and Zack Steffen might be two Americans who end up in locations where minutes are easier to come by. After his contract at Manchester United expired, Edinson Cavani is attracting more and more suitors elsewhere.

Now for the transfer maneuvers:

at the six-yard line

the most significant transfer news of the day. These are the transactions that are taking place, or at the very least are about to.

Juventus welcomes back Paul Pogba

a joyful Paul Pogba is a productive player, and his return to Juventus will provide him many reasons to be joyful. Juventus will be hoping that they have secured the future of the Pogba who left six years ago before the World Cup. There are concerns about Pogba’s ability to execute at the highest level after a turbulent time at Manchester United, but if he improves things at Juventus, they will immediately become Scudetto candidates.

crossing the line of no return

These moves may not be imminent, but there’s a lot of transfer fire in all the smoke these players and teams might be blowing.

Zack Steffan of the USMNT might be able to go on loan if City sign Stefan Ortega.

City has a verbal agreement with Ortega to sign him as a free agent following his relegation with Armina Bielefeld. While the team struggled, they allowed a respectable 53 goals due to his presence between the sticks. But a deal moving forward would be dependent on Zack Steffan’s future. The United States number one wants consistent playing time ahead of the World Cup and as that won’t come at Manchester City, finding a solution to send him on loan makes sense for all parties.

A move would give Steffen a chance to build value and maintain sharpness ahead of the World Cup while also raising his transfer value if City are to sell him in the future. If he’s not able to find a move, his number one shirt with the national team could be in jeopardy as Ethan Horvath will likely look for a loan as well while Matt Turner would be in a similar situation as a backup at Arsenal. If all three enter the season as backups, Sean Johnson is even knocking around, which makes things quite murky. Steffen knows that it’s now or never to start at the World Cup, so a move could materialize soon given that City have already lined up his replacement.

Milan Skriniar approves of the transfer to PSG

PSG and Inter Milan are still millions apart in talks. PSG offered €60 million while Inter wants €80 million. Skriniar is okay with making the move if agreed after discussing things with Achraf Hakimi, according to La Gazetta dello Sport. Hakimi, who also moved from Inter Milan to PSG, got Skriniar on board with the PSG project. Considering how long this move has dragged on, it feels like PSG and Inter will come to an agreement even if it might not be for a few more weeks.

Build-up play

These moves might be speculative but they’re ones to keep an eye on.

Lyon enter the Chris Richards sweepstakes

Lyon are the latest team to show interest in the Bayern Munich defender reports BUT! OL. Bayern wants €15 million plus add-ons to let the American defender go permanently, but there is also the possibility that he goes on loan again as he’s under contract until 2025. Ahead of the World Cup, Richards is another American who is in need of regular playing time to hopefully get a starting spot in Gregg Berhalter’s lineup. Three Spanish clubs are interested in Richards along with Southampton, Crystal Palace, and Hoffenheim.

After securing safety, Salernitana look to add Edinson Cavani

The Italian side would like to add another global star and are rolling out the red carpet for Cavani with him being available on a free transfer. Salernitana have offered a three year contract with a salary of over €1.5 million with lucrative bonuses and even putting the captain’s armband on the table, according to Ignazio Genuardi. While Cavani didn’t play much with Manchester United last season, his ten goals and thee assists from the 2020/21 season would be quite a boon to Salernitana as they look to stabilize their future in Serie A. They’ll need to go a long way to convince Cavani that this is a good move for him though.

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