Manchester United are set to lose Paul Pogba this summer and rivals Manchester City have emerged as a possible destination having lodged an offer with the Frenchman
Paul Pogba’s representatives have told Manchester City they will not be joining them despite receiving a flattering proposal, according to reports.
The Manchester United midfielder is out of contract in the summer and is free to seek pastures new after no resolution regarding a new deal could be sought. Speculation emerged suggesting that City were among those weighing up a move for the World Cup winner.
A switch across the divide would’ve been a huge deal and the Premier League champions put an offer on the table, reports the Athletic. Pogba and his team were keen to consider all their options but they have told those at the Etihad that they will not be accepting their terms.
Pep Guardiola is in the market for a new midfielder with Fernandinho due to return to his homeland this summer. The 37-year-old has spent nine seasons on the blue half of Manchester and will need replacing. Pogba, however, is said to favor a package offered to him by another club and is due to depart England.
Pogba moved to United in 2016 from Juventus, joining for a club record £ 89m. He’s only shown his brilliance in flashes but remains a sought-after commodity and his former club, as well as PSG and Real Madrid, are keen on the Frenchman. City were warned off the 29-year-old by Jamie Carragher, who highlighted his work rate as a major issue.
He said on Sky Sports: “I would not go anywhere near him. You win the league every year, I mean he does not work hard enough. There’s no doubting his ability, no one has ever doubted it. But you see the creative players City have – brilliant players and they do not stop running, do not stop working. That’s what makes City what they are. ”
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Pogba’s second spell in Manchester has not gone as planned and he made his final appearance for United in the 4-0 reverse at Liverpool, limping off in the opening ten minutes. In almost six seasons he’s only claimed two pieces of silverware, the latest coming back in 2017.
Several different managers have been unable to find a regular place for Pogba in the starting XI whilst his inconsistent performances have not helped his cause. The Frenchman has previously flirted with a United exit, talking up moves elsewhere through the media.
Madrid were among those to be touted as a possible destination and Florentino Perez may be keen to add such a big name to his squad at the Bernabeu. Max Allegri at Juventus meanwhile was the man to get the best from Pogba and the pair could reunite in Turin.