Manchester City had offered Paul Pogba the chance to swap red for blue during the summer transfer window, but the Manchester United star sees his future elsewhere, with his contract due to expire in June.
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Paul Pogba’s future has become a little less uncertain with the news that the Manchester United star will not be joining bitter rivals City.
The 29-year-old has reportedly rejected an offer from Pep Guardiola and co to drop out of the Red Devils and become Citizen, with his contract at Old Trafford due to expire in seven weeks. The decision narrows Pogba’s options, after he fended off the possibility of extending his six-year stay at United by signing a lucrative new deal that was recently put on the table.
Although he has been a rumored staple in recent seasons, the France international could find himself in a tricky position in the summer transfer window thanks to his tempting wage demands and recent bruised campaigns. The midfielder has been ruled out for the remainder of the term with a calf problem, giving him the opportunity to think deeply about his next move under new representation following the tragic passing of agent Mino Raiola.
With this spirit, Soccer Mirror looks at Pogba’s five remaining options this summer.
Paris Saint Germain
Starting in his home country, cash-rich PSG are favorites to win Pogba’s signature in a transfer that would suit their star name-driven recruitment model perfectly. After poaching Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma on free transfers last summer, Pogba would be a logical addition to add some shine to their professional midfield.
Reports emerged last month claiming the man himself had met with PSG sporting director Leonardo to discuss a move to Parc des Princes amid suggestions Pogba had also spoken to Nasser Al-Khelaifi before the European Championships last summer. More than capable of leading Ligue 1 on a weekly basis, PSG would guarantee him both the silverware and the type of salary he demands, and potentially the opportunity to work under childhood hero Zinedine Zidane.
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What would you say to a return to the sources of another kind? Pogba has already returned to a former club once when he re-signed for the Red Devils in 2016, and since then there have been constant whispers of a return to Turin. Spending four years in Italy after leaving United, the mercurial talent established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world under Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri.
The latter is now back at the Allianz Stadium, although the composition of the Juventus squad has changed significantly in the six years since his emotional departure. Still speaking fondly of his former stomping grounds, the matter would be more in the financial department, with the Bianconeri not bragging about the kind of wealth PSG make.
A club that doesn’t like to be second-best in any category, Real Madrid were the Red Devils’ closest rivals in 2016 but conceded defeat when United shelled out £89million on Pogba, then a record of the world. Los Blancos have been keeping tabs on him ever since, however, with former manager Zidane often linking up.
However, Carlo Ancelotti is now in charge, a gaffer who has proven he has the power to get the most out of the biggest egos on the planet. Bidding nearly £200million for Kylian Mbappe last summer, it looks like landing Pogba is certainly possible if they want to. With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, still world-class operators, getting older, the Champions League finalists need to freshen up their midfield to stay on top in Spain.
With Mbappe set to be at Madrid by pre-season and Edouardo Camavinga excelling after a slow start to life in La Liga, the more experienced Pogba could be the perfect figure to guide the two French youngsters to glory at the Santiago Bernabeu recently. renovated.
Speaking of LaLiga, the other division giant is slowly waking up from its slumber. Barcelona are on the rise under Xavi Hernandez, and while Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski appear to be their number one transfer target in 2022, Pogba has been linked with a move to Camp Nou.
Thanks to a loan from Goldman Sachs worth over £400m and a new sponsorship deal with Spotify, Blaugrana chairman Joan Laporta says Barca are back when they get away with it. acted to weigh on the transfer market. With Frenkie de Jong rumored to be on the chopping block, a new playmaker in Pogba would fit the mould.
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While all signs point to Pogba indeed bidding farewell to Old Trafford for the second time in his roller coaster career on June 30, there is little chance he will be able to stay. The Red Devils haven’t confirmed their number 6 will be packing his bags anytime soon, nor has interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
With new boss Erik ten Hag set to hold Zoom talks with every United player ahead of his arrival, there remains the possibility – albeit unlikely – that his Manchester story is not over.
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