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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Paul Pogba staying put; Douglas Costa asks for Chelsea rescue?

Collecting and sharing the latest transfer rumours from around the world of football as spring dawns and the summer window is just around the corner ...



Paul Pogba staying put?


What's a Transfer Talk without a Paul Pogba update? And boy, do we have a doozy.

Juventus are ready to resist big offers from top European clubs for the talented Mr. Pogba, club general director Giuseppe Marotta told an Italian radio station.

"There are clubs that are ready to spend 70 to 80 million euros for Pogba," Marotta said.

"There are many suitors for Pogba, but we do not want to open negotiations and we want him to stay with us. If we want to increase our level, we need players of great quality and Pogba is one of them."

We can't argue with that logic.

Pogba, who is under contract until June 2019, has scored seven goals and set up two more in 22 Serie A appearances this season to help Juve remain on course for their fourth successive Scudetto. And at just 22, there's still a lot of growing the Frenchman can do with the Bianconeri.

Douglas Costa to Chelsea: Come and get me!

Douglas Costa is eager to leave the Ukraine.

It's no secret Shakhtar Donetsk has around a gazillion Brazilians on their roster, and it's not uncommon to see a few land in the Premier League, as Chelsea's Willian and Manchester City's Fernandinho did most recently.

If he has his way, attacking midfielder/forward Douglas Costa will be the next on the list.

The Mirror is reporting the 24-year-old Brazilian has issued a plea for Jose Mourinho & Co. to rekindle their interest and rescue him from his Ukranian confines.

"I'm tired of playing in the same league. It's time to change something," said Costa. "I want to try myself in a strong team that plays in a strong championship.

"I want to play for Chelsea not just because my friend Willian plays there, but also because it's the team coached by a great coach like Mourinho.

"With them I can achieve maximum height. I am now 24, and it is a mistake to try to persuade me to stay."

Great man? Mourinho? Clearly young Douglas is hoping flattery will get him anywhere but Donetsk.

United firming up for Firmino?

Coming off the heels of a season-best performance against Spurs on Sunday, Manchester United are apparently eyeing even more quality on the pitch in the form of Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino.

The Daily Mail has revealed United have sent their German-based scouts to have a look at the 23-year-old Brazil international, considered one of the more promising players at his position.

Fellow Premier League clubs Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal have all mulled a bid for his services in the past few years, but have declined to make an offer.

Perhaps United will like what they see.

Tap-ins

- Corinthians starlet Malcom is set to sign new deal with the Sao Paulo giants that would keep the coveted 18-year-old at the club through 2020.

- Fifteen-year-old Australian Jamie Gorgovski has signed a deal to join the Borussia Dortmund youth ranks.

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