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Juventus step up interest in €140m Pogba

first_imgJuventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Paul Pogba but accept that they will face stiff competition from Real Madrid for the Manchester United midfielder.According to sources close to the Serie A champions, the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici met with United officials to discuss a potential deal for the France World Cup winner while he was in the UK finalising a move for Maurizio Sarri.And Juve are now planning to put together an official offer for the 26-year-old, who left them to rejoin United in 2016, expected to be in the region of €130 million to €140m (£116m/$145m to £125m/$157m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They do, however, accept that Madrid will also be at the front of the queue to sign Pogba.He is considered a top target for head coach Zinedine Zidane and the Liga side would very much be interested in taking him to the Bernabeu.The ABC newspaper in Spain goes as far as saying that Real are willing to bid €125m (£112m/$140m) for Pogba and offer him a salary that would see him paid the equivalent of Eden Hazard, just short of the amount earned by club captain Sergio Ramos.That said, Juve, who appointed former Chelsea manager Sarri as their new head coach on Sunday, are still ready to go toe-to-toe with Madrid in the race to sign the midfielder, with the deal to take Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin proving that nothing is impossible.United, meanwhile, remain determined to keep Pogba and do not want to sell him in a move that would undermine manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has always been adamant that he wants to build his team around the Frenchman.That puts the Red Devils in a stronger position over negotiating a potential sale, whereby they would demand as much money as possible should talks progress, and interest from Juve and Madrid be followed up with concrete offers.Juve have continued to dominate domestically in Italy, winning their eighth league title in a row under former boss Massimiliano Allegri, although Champions League progress has been more of a struggle.There was hope that the signing of Ronaldo would help end their 23-year wait to win Europe’s biggest prize, although they came unstuck against Ajax in the quarter-finals of the 2018-19 version of the competition.A move for Pogba would further show their ambition to finally conquer Europe, with Aaron Ramsey having joined on a free transfer from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot having also been linked.Mauro Icardi is another who interests the Serie A holders, although Juve are not keen on allowing Paulo Dybala to move to Inter as part of any deal for the Argentine striker.Right-back Joao Cancelo, meanwhile, is all set to depart, with Manchester City close to finalising what is likely to be a €50m (£45m/$56m) move, plus bonuses, for the Portuguese.Additional reporting by Kris Voakes and Alberto Pinerolast_img read more

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Start your checkbooks Famed collection of vintage gas signs pumps for sale

In this undated photo provided by Morphy Auctions, a porcelain sign advertising Kelly Tires, valued at $50,000 to $80,000, is shown. The sign will be among hundreds of gasoline advertising signs, gas-station pumps, gas globes and other pieces of petroliana and automobilia to be sold at auction during October 2015 at the auction house in Denver, Pa. (Morphy Auctions via AP) Start your checkbooks: Famed collection of vintage gas signs, pumps for sale in Pennsylvania DENVER – In the world of petroliana and automobilia, Kyle D. Moore’s name carries a kind of mystique, his vast collection of vintage gasoline signs, gas-station pumps, gas globes, petroleum ads and other artifacts painstakingly amassed over 40 years and widely regarded as the best of its kind.Most collectors assumed it would wind up in a museum. Instead, it’s coming up for auction next week in Pennsylvania, generating enormous buzz within the hobby and predictions of a possible feeding frenzy as deep-pocketed collectors vie for the rarest, most highly sought-after items, including a 90-year-old porcelain Kelly Tires sign that could wind up fetching six figures.“It’s the most significant event our hobby has probably ever seen,” said Wayne Henderson of Kernersville, North Carolina, a historian and publisher of Petroleum Collectibles Monthly.Moore, a wealthy cable entrepreneur from Oklahoma who died last year, was known for picking only the best of the best for his collection. Its current owner, who bought it from Moore in 2006, is selling the entire trove of 2,000 petroleum-related advertising signs, 900 gas globes, 150 pumps and other treasures at a series of four auctions in Lancaster County, the first of which will be held Monday.Collectors are flying in from around the United States and as far away as Germany and the Netherlands.“Anybody that collects cars, they all want something for their garage wall. And these guys that are spending $1 million, $2 million, $3 million on early Ferraris or Bugattis or whatever, for them to spend $50,000 or $100,000 on a sign … to put on that wall, it’s nothing to those guys,” said Dan Morphy of Morphy Auctions, which is handling the sale. “And these are all the guys that are coming in for this sale.”With interest so high, Morphy predicted a sign valued at $20,000 might wind up selling for twice that. The whole collection could bring a total of $20 million.“Egos come into play,” Morphy said. “It’s an auctioneer’s dream, because these guys are going to go head-to-head on these pieces they want to own.”At the auction house this week, shiny antique gas pumps stood cheek by jowl in a preview room while colorful, intricately detailed gas globes and signs occupied every inch of wall and shelf, and early iterations of the Michelin Man stood sentinel — all of it tracing America’s early infatuation with the automobile.Interest in petroleum and auto industry memorabilia has risen steadily along with values, according to Henderson.Chris Hall, a collector and antiques dealer from nearby Ephrata, has a budget of $50,000 for Monday’s sale. He’s hoping some items will slip through the cracks so he can scoop them up at a relative bargain.“It’s insane,” said Hall, who has scouted the collection. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like it again, you know?” by Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 10:40 am MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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