Gianluca Di Marzio Transfer Q&A: Paul Pogba, Kalidou Koulibaly, Philippe Coutinho & more

Sky Sports News reporters Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol also joined Di Marzio for the Q&A, providing updates on Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice and Thomas Meunier.

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In an exclusive transfer Q&A, Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio provides the inside track on the futures of top players, including Paul Pogba, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kalidou Koulibaly, Philippe Coutinho and many more…

Is Paul Pogba staying at Manchester United or leaving? @markgoldbridge

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba leaves the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 26, 2019. - Manchester United won the game 4-1.
Image: Will Paul Pogba leave Manchester United in the next transfer window?

I think he could leave because he only has one year on his contract. When you only have one year, it is very difficult to renew the contract now.

United consider him the most important player, not only on the field, but for marketing, merchandising and for everything.

But this situation with his contract it makes it very difficult for him to stay.

Real Madrid are going forward for him. Zinedine Zidane wanted him last summer. Juventus would like to have him back, but they will only do swap deals.

So it depends on whether Manchester United needs or wants some Juventus players that they can put in the deal, like Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa.

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I know Juventus and Manchester United have had contact even in the last days because Juventus would like to do this type of deal.

Are Inter Milan in talks to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal? @PabloooMARI4

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Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio provides an update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future amid reports of interest from Inter Milan.

What is going on with Philippe Coutinho? And will he sign for Everton? @joewillio180

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Image: Philippe Coutinho has spent the past season on loan at Bayern Munich, but the German club will not be making the deal permanent

I know that Philippe Coutinho is one of the players that Barcelona would like to sell because the club are facing some economic difficulties. They have to sell players.

It depends on the offers they will receive on Philippe. Chelsea wanted him two or three months ago, I do not know whether they want him again.

I know that Carlo Ancelotti wants to improve Everton and to have a strong Everton in the future.

Coutinho could be one of his targets, but I am not sure he would like to leave Barcelona for Everton now, having played for Liverpool.

He would also probably like to stay in a team playing in the Champions League.

Will Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling still be Manchester United players next season? @ManUtdSZN

Alexis Sanchez in action during the Coppa Italia quarter-final match between Inter and Fiorentina
Image: Inter Milan will not be signing Alexis Sanchez on a permanent deal

The only certain thing is that Inter Milan does not want Alexis Sanchez to stay again, so they will not buy him permanently.

At the end of the loan, Sanchez will go back to Manchester United and I don't know whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to have him in the team or will allow him to speak to other clubs.

Roma wanted to sign Sanchez last summer, so they may go back in for him.

On Chris Smalling, his situation is on standby. Roma wanted to buy him and they had an option, but they did not find a total agreement with United.

So, in this moment, Roma do not know how much budget they will have to work with. It is a problem with many clubs in Italy.

As it stands, Smalling will go back to United and then we will see whether Roma will make an important offer to buy him or not.

What is going on with Henrikh Mkhitaryan? @oakley_James_10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan of AS Roma during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between KAA Gent v AS Roma at Ghelamco Arena on February 27, 2020 in Gent, Belgium 0:57
Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio discusses what the future may hold for Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

What are the chances of Thomas Partey joining Arsenal? @WeMoveAFC

Thomas Partey
Image: Could Thomas Partey be heading to Arsenal?

Arsenal want him a lot. Every Atletico Madrid player is in the market. So, it depends a lot on the offer. Atletico are open to selling every player if the offer is good.

It also depends on budget - how much Arsenal can afford? And how much Atletico want?

Atletico will want money, so it is difficult to see them doing a deal involving other players as part of it.

They are very smart when it comes to doing deals and it will not be a surprise if Thomas Partey was to stay.

He is young, he is not like Diego Costa, and they can sell him next year if they want or even in two years' time.

So they are in control.

Who are Tottenham interested in signing this summer? @Anderson_1964

Kalidou Koulibaly has been with Napoli since 2014
Image: Could Kalidou Koulibaly link up with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham next season?

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly could be one of their most important targets. There is a very good feeling between his agents and the Tottenham chairman.

I think Koulibaly will leave Napoli this summer. Only last summer, Napoli signed Kostas Manolas who is a similar player to Koulibaly and then they got another defender in, Amir Rrahmani from Verona.

Napoli have been thinking to the future without Koulibaly. A couple of years ago, they would not have been open to the idea of Koulibaly leaving.

But the last year was not his best for Napoli, so I think this could be the right moment for him to leave.

As well as Tottenham, Carlo Ancelotti wants him at Everton. His agents have very strong contacts within the Premier League clubs.

So, I think the percentage that Koulibaly could arrive in the Premier League is very high.

Do you see Timo Werner at Liverpool next season or will they go for another squad player in attack to take the pressure off the recognised front three? @UKCasp

Timo Werner
Image: Timo Werner is attracting interest from a host of clubs

I know that Timo Werner will leave RB Leipzig, for sure. His agents are moving to find a solution for him. They are talking to Juventus and Inter Milan, so they want him to change clubs.

They are probably talking to Liverpool because Liverpool have wanted him for a long time.

I don't know whether he is the right player for Liverpool in this moment because in their forward department they probably don't need anything.

Firmino, Salah and Mane!

So it's difficult to spend a lot of money for a player that is likely to stay on the bench. We will see, but at this time there is no real deal with Liverpool and Leipzig for Werner.

What is happening with Dries Mertens and Chelsea? @_harrisonV

Dries Mertens' 30th-minute strike puts Napoli ahead against Barcelona
Image: Dries Mertens is set to leave Napoli once his contract expires this summer

Chelsea have wanted Dries Mertens since January.

In January, they offered €10m despite his contract ending in June. But Napoli said no because they wanted him to break the club's record of goals.

Now his contract is ending and, in this moment, he is not renewing with Napoli. The deal with Napoli is in a difficult way and I know Chelsea want him again.

They are talking to his representatives, Frank Lampard has spoken to the player and they are pushing forward to convince Mertens to accept their offer.

Is Paulo Dybala going to sign a new contract at Juventus or are clubs still interested in signing him? @Hamdiiiii10

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Image: Paulo Dybala attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham last summer

I think he will renew the contract. After last summer's situation which was a bit strange - Juventus talked with Manchester United and Tottenham to sell him - he has played really well this season.

I think he will stay and sign the contract. This is not the summer for big transfers.

Aaron Ramsey of Juventus in action during the Coppa Italia Semi Final match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 13, 2020 in Milan, Italy. 0:36
Sky Sport Italia Gianluca Di Marzio provides an update on the future of Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey amid reports of Premier League interest.

I don't think Manchester United could spend the money this summer to get him and I don't think Juventus want him to leave this summer.

Another point is that Dybala wants to stay at Juventus. It's important when a player doesn't want to go and is happy to stay.

Are Inter Milan listening to offers for Lautaro Martinez and what would Barcelona need to offer to get him to move to the Nou Camp? @footballzone_20

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Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio discusses Barcelona's interest in Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.

He has an exit clause, but Barcelona doesn't want to pay that amount in cash. So they are talking to find an agreement, but that still hasn't been found.

The deal would involve a part being cash and another part being players, like Nelson Semedo, Junior Firpo and Arturo Vidal. Not Antoine Griezmann because he has a very, very high salary.

Lautaro Martinez has established himself as one of Inter's first-choice strikers
Image: Lautaro Martinez has established himself as one of Inter's first-choice strikers and is wanted by Barcelona

The talks are currently on hold and Barcelona will decide in the next days whether they come back with a deal and find a solution.

Inter and Barcelona are talking, not every day, but over the last few weeks.

Are Chelsea looking to sign a left-back this summer? And if so, who are targeting? @CFCDelv

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Emerson Palmieri of Chelsea acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on November 30, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)
Image: Emerson Palmieri has attracted interest from Inter Milan and Juventus

They have two very good left-backs - one who is very, very good and that is Emerson Palmieri and the other being Marco Alonso.

It depends a lot on Emerson. In January, Inter asked for Alonso and Emerson. They asked for around £45m to sell one of the two players…they consider these players important to Chelsea.

It depends on some possible swap deals, which could be done with Inter and Juventus. For example Emerson for Juventus' Alex Sandro.

Chelsea can find another left-sided player, but through a swap deal. Otherwise, Chelsea will keep Emerson and Alonso.

How likely are the signings of Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho to Manchester United? @Kyrotaylor

Jadon Sancho gestures during Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga match against Sport-Club Freiburg 2:05
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth discusses whether Manchester United will target both Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho in the next transfer window.

Is Declan Rice staying at West Ham? @lee_bennett99

Snodgrass thinks Declan Rice needs to add more goals to his game
Image: Declan Rice has become one of West Ham's most consistent performers

Kaveh Solhekol...

Declan Rice is the last player West Ham would want to sell. He is a key player for David Moyes.

West Ham don't need to sell anyone because the owners are continuing to fund the club and make up shortfalls when required.

Even if West Ham wanted to sell him, there is no one who could afford to buy him in the current climate.

A return to Chelsea has been mentioned but they are not going to spend a fortune on a player they released when he was 14.

Frank Lampard has also said midfield is not a priority area for him when it comes to the transfer market because he has lots of options in that area. Ethan Ampadu has also impressed on loan at RB Leipzig and is due back at the end of the season.

Is Thomas Meunier going to Tottenham? @devla.22

Thomas Meunier
Image: Thomas Meunier appears set to leave PSG at the end of the season

Kaveh Solhekol...

Spurs need another right back and Thomas Meunier would be a great addition to their squad.

He is out of contract at PSG at the end of June and he will be one of the most sough-after players during the summer.

The only problem for Spurs is lots of other clubs want the Belgium international. Having said that, Meunier is attracted by the prospect of playing in London for Jose Mourinho and if he's offered the right terms, we could well see him playing for Spurs next season.

Signing Meunier would make sense for Spurs. There's no transfer fee, he's 28 and he plays for regularly for Belgium - the No. 1 ranked national team in the world.

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