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Friday's papers: Paul Pogba, Adama Traore, Chris Smalling

Friday's papers: Paul Pogba, Adama Traore, Chris Smalling
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A possible development in the Paul Pogba saga as Manchester United reportedly drop his asking price.

What the papers say

The path appears to be opening up for Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United, with The Sun reporting the club have dropped his asking price by £30million. In June the Frenchman said that he wanted a "new challenge" while dressing room sources recently said Pogba's "head is not currently at the club". His former side Juventus and Real Madrid are among the European teams who could now hand over the required £150m for the 26-year-old midfielder, who the Daily Star says has been excluded from United's warm weather camp in Spain.

Adama Traore could leave Wolves for Barcelona at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail. Wolves are preparing for a bidding war for the 24-year-old, who has impressed since signing at Molineux in August 2018. The Mail reports he is wanted back at the Nou Camp, having left to join Aston Villa in 2015.

The Liverpool Echo reports Everton are not considering acquiring Brazil forward Everton Soares from Gremio. The 23-year-old had said Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti and Everton's Brazilian striker Richarlison, 22, had been in contact about a possible move from the Brasileirao to the Premier League club.

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The Echo also says Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has failed to impress while on loan at Mainz, with Liverpool bosses told a decision on his future will be required soon. The 22-year-old Nigerian is with the Bundesliga club for the season but has just six appearances, including one start.

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Players to watch

David Brooks: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is optimistic that the Welsh midfielder, 22, will soon return to the pitch after rehabilitating an ankle problem, according to the Bournemouth Echo.

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Chris Smalling will reportedly be allowed to leave Old Trafford for the right price (John Walton/PA)

Chris Smalling: United are willing to let the 30-year-old England defender leave but want "no less" than £15m, Team Talk reports.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool27261064174779
2Manchester CityMan City27183668293957
3Leicester CityLeicester27155754272750
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd27118841291241
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs2711794436840
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27101072925440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2791263832639
9Arsenal2781363936337
10Burnley27114123339-637
11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2766153248-1624
19Watford2759132443-1924
20Norwich CityNorwich2746172451-2718

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