Manchester United ‘expect PSG to make the switch to Paul Pogba before the transfer window closes.
- Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is said to be in talks with PSG
- The French side believe they can sign the Manchester United star for £43m
- Pogba has less than 12 months left on his £290,000-a-week United contract
- United paid what is still a Premier League record £89million to sign him in 2016
Manchester United expect Paris Saint-Germain to make an approach to sign Paul Pogba before the end of the transfer window, according to reports.
Sports post earlier this week, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola revealed personal terms with PSG, who believe they can sign the midfielder for less than half of the £89million he cost United in 2016.
Pogba has less than 12 months left on his £290,000-a-week contract and has given no indication that he is interested in signing new terms at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are reportedly expecting Paris Saint-Germain to make an approach to Paul Pogba . to contract
French midfielder Pogba Mino Raiola’s agent discusses personal terms with PSG
utilities The Telegraph claims United anticipating that the Ligue 1 giants will make their move to the France international before the transfer window ends next month, believing they can shoo him away for £43million.
United paid what is still a Premier League record to sign the 28-year-old from Juventus five years ago, but are in danger of losing him for free next summer if they don’t sell between now and August 31.
That scenario would be a repeat of 2012, when a young Pogba left Old Trafford for Turin for £800,000 in compensation.
Pogba’s future at United has been in the air for more than 12 months, with Real Madrid and Serie A giants Juventus expressing interest in the midfielder last summer.
Pogba could therefore trade Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men for Mauricio Pochettino’s side
Juventus had hoped to re-sign Pogba before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic dashed their hopes.
The Frenchman shone at Euro 2020 but will return next week to prepare for the season after a family vacation in Florida following his country’s departure at the hands of Switzerland.
Asked about the situation last month, he said: “I still have a contract for one year, everyone knows that. There are no concrete proposals for extensions. I’m still in Manchester.’
The Mirror also reported earlier this week that Pogba has turned down a £50m long-term contract offer from United.
United could lose Pogba for free next summer, which would be a repeat of how they lost him to Juventus in 2012
But if he went to PSG, he would join a side that has already made five signings this summer in the form of Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Danilo Pereira.
United signed Donny van de Beek last summer to cover a £40m deal from Ajax in case Pogba were to leave, and potential replacements for the Frenchman this summer include West Ham star Declan Rice, Atlético Madrid’s Saul Niguez or Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.
Jesse Lingard also impressed for West Ham on loan in the second half of last season, but it is uncertain whether he has a long-term future at Old Trafford.
But United are first hoping to strike a deal for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane – after confirming the £73million signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho – before having to seriously consider Pogba’s future.
Atlético Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is touted as a possible replacement for Pogba