Transfer News: Pogba Wants to Join Barcelona, Courtois Set to Agree Real Madrid Deal

The Premier League transfer window has just over a day to run and some big chips are starting to fall.

Here, Newsweek takes you through all the gossip and rumors swirling around the league ahead of what promises to be a manic 32 hours.

Let's start with Manchester United and Paul Pogba who, according to the Daily Mail, has told his teammates he wants to leave this summer. The Frenchman moved to Old Trafford only two years ago for a club record $115 million but has grown disillusioned under Jose Mourinho and has reportedly agreed a $450,000-a-week salary with Barcelona.

United, however, are determined to hold onto the World Cup winner and earlier this week reportedly turned down an offer from Barcelona, which included a fee of $58 million plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.

If Pogba is to move the Camp Nou, the Catalans will have to pay a lot more than that. Spanish outlet Sport, however, believes Barcelona have no chance of landing the Frenchman.

France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring against Croatia in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15. The midfielder has been linked with a move away from Manchester United. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

United's search for a new central defender, meanwhile, is yet to bear fruit. German newspaper Bild reports Jerome Boateng has called Mourinho to inform him that while flattered by United's interest, he would rather remain with Bayern Munich.

The snub means United are back to square one, with Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire as the only two viable options left. The 20-time champions of England are yet to meet Tottenham Hotspur's asking price for the former, but the Daily Mirror believes United might have better luck with Maguire.

According to the report, Leicester City could sell the defender for $84 million, as they are on the verge of signing two central defenders. Croatia under-21 international will join from Dinamo Zagreb for $17.5 million, while Freiburg's defender Caglar Soyuncu could follow suit for around $29.1 million.

Like United, Spurs have also had a difficult summer but Mauricio Pochettino might finally be on the verge of making his first signing. The Telegraph claims Spurs have submitted a $32.3 million bid for Aston Villa's midfielder Jack Grealish, who has long been linked with a move to a Premier League club.

Across the capital, meanwhile, Chelsea are all but set to wave goodbye to Thibaut Courtois. Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur reports Courtois, who did not report to training over the last two days, will travel to Madrid on deadline day to sign a six-year deal with Real Madrid, which will see the Spanish giants pay Chelsea around $45.3 million.

👋🏻 Thibaut Courtois is in Belgium, waiting for a call to travel to Madrid.

✍🏻 Real Madrid expect to finalise the deal tomorrow. There is an agreement over a 6-year deal.

💰 Real are paying around £35m to Chelsea. #cfc

— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) August 8, 2018

The Telegraph, meanwhile, adds that the Blues have already lined up a replacement in the shape of Atheltic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga, who will cost $91.9 million—a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

The same paper also believes Real Madrid will add Mateo Kovacic to their $45.3 million bid for Courtois and the Croatian midfielder could have a medical done as early as Wednesday.

Meanwhile, according to Sky Sports in Italy, Chelsea could allow midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to leave on loan for AC Milan and the Daily Mirror claims Kurt Zouma is the subject of interest from Everton.

The Toffees are desperate to bolster their defensive options and have identified the Chelsea centre-back as the man for the job.