NEWS WRAP: Nigerian star set to force Chelsea exit, Man United star wants to be highest paid in the world, Barcelona forcing Coutinho on Man United – See intriguing details

The busy world of football continued to throw up big stories for us to digest and it is interesting for Nigerian fans as Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo is ready to force a move away from Chelsea this summer while Manchester United are trying hard to keep key duo Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford as Barcelona and Juventus swoop for the England forward and France midfielder respectively.

Omeruo is eyeing a permanent switch to La Liga outfit Leganes where he is currently on loan. The 25-year-old has failed to play a competitive match for the Blues since he joined the London side in 2012, going on loan at ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Alanyaspor, and two separate spells at Kasimpasa.

The Nigerian is currently enjoying his game in Spain as he is a super regular with Leganes and has won his place back in the starting line-up of the Super Eagles.

The football here suits my style and the club provides a stable platform for me,” he told BBC Sport. “The opportunity to play against the best players in the world is massive for my career. There is an option for Leganes to sign me on a permanent basis and hopefully that will happen.

The Chelsea management have never stopped me from making important career decisions and they’ve been very supportive. It will be a decision between both clubs, but personally I hope I’ll be a Leganes player for next season and beyond.”

The 43 capped Super Eagles star explained that settling down with his family is the biggest motivation behind the crave to leave Stamford Bridge for good at the end of this season.

He added: “I deserve stability in my career as a footballer. Leganes and Spanish football provides me with the continuity and right environment for career growth. After enduring instability with different loan moves, it’s time to finally settle down with my young family.

Leganes fans and club officials have been awesome to my family which has helped me mentally and physically. It has also helped me with the national team and to connect with fans back home because La Liga is on television in Nigeria. I’d love to stay at this football club and hopefully that will happen.”

Omeruo was involved for the Super Eagles in their final Group E match of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Seychelles where the team won 3-1 to seal top spot.

Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly demanded huge pay-rise if he leaves Old Trafford at the end of the current season. The fee could make him before one of the highest paid players in the world if it happens.

Juventus are keen to lure him back to Turin and make him pattern with Cristiano Ronaldo for next season. Interestingly, Pogba revealed recently that he is in love with Real Madrid and it will be a dream to play for the club under current manager Zinedine Zidane and report have it that he has requested to leave Manchester United, according to Tuttosport.

The 26-year-old wants to receive a salary of £13.65m per year at either Real Madrid or Juventus, a figure which would make him the highest-paid player at the Spanish side.

Man United have no intention of selling Pogba despite his contract due to expire in 2021 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to build the team around the Frenchman next season.

Another situation for Manchester United is trying to keep star forward Marcus Rashford as Barcelona are lurking around for his services with a tempting offer of adding Philippe Coutinho to help seal the deal.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Rashford is viewed as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez and Barcelona are willing to use Coutinho or Malcom as bargaining chips.

Manchester United are thought to be particularly keen on signing former Liverpool playmaker Coutinho and have already made contact with the player’s agent to register their interest.

However, the 20-time premier league champions are unlikely to be willing to lose Rashford in exchange for Coutinho despite their long-standing desire to bring the 26-year-old to Old Trafford.