Paul Pogba is using his postseason break in the United States to consider offers from Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain after his departure from Manchester United has been confirmed.
United announced this week that Pogba will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires later this month. The French international has the right to negotiate with clubs about his next move from January.
However, the 29-year-old has not made a final decision on his next club. Juventus, Real Madrid and PSG have all made attractive offers and Pogba’s final choice will be football-motivated.
As he closes in his 30s, Pogba is aware that this could be the last big move of his career and wants to take his time to make sure he makes the right decision.
Earlier this week it was reported Juventus have been increasingly confident in securing Pogba to a three-year deal that would put him among their highest paid employees.
It has been said that the Italian club have even received verbal assurances that Pogba – who spent four years with Juventus before joining United in 2016 – will return to Turin this summer.
It has been understood that Juventus feel that any change of opinion of Pogba would be unimaginable, but Real Madrid and PSG seem to remain in the running for his signing.
Manchester City have also made a fantastic offer to sign Pogba from bitter rivals United, with Pep Guardiola meeting the midfielder and the club drafting a lucrative contract to prove their desire to sign him.
But as the World Cup winner considered City’s bid, he felt that the accompanying noise and hatred would not be worth it.
It’s the summer of 2016. Jose Mourinho is the manager of Manchester United and the club has just broken the world transfer record. Franco returned to Old Trafford for unfinished business.
“This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope for in the game,” said Paul Pogba later. completing his £ 89m move back to Juventus’ United.
“He has the opportunity to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond,” added Mourinho.
There was a deal that caused a frenzy on social media. Coming out of the shadows with a red devil marked in his hair, Pogba’s commercial was followed by a sponsored music video featuring Stormzy. The hype about #POGBACK has begun.
It had to be the beginning of something special. A new era for a club still struggling to find its feet after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson three years earlier.
But Pogba could not inspire United to former glories. The 2017 League Cup and Europa League are the only trophies of his six-season spell.
What are Manchester United’s positions?
Sky Sports News main reporter Melissa Reddy:
Erik ten Hag’s commitment to a holiday diversion and immediately getting stuck as a Manchester United manager tells the story of the scale of work he has to go through.
The 52-year-old inherits a squad that is demanding a significant overhaul, having delivered the worst Premier League season in its history.
This all-powerful task must be done in the midst of restructuring the organization – including recruiting – behind the scenes while United seeks to “detoxify underperformance”.
Therefore, there is a much slimmer list to assess what the club is not demanding this summer.
Let’s dive into the squad itself, which has 21 players signed by five different administrators with no support style or age profile.
Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Lee Grant come out as free transfers.
Dean Henderson, Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and Brandon Williams are expected to leave for more minutes elsewhere. Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot could go too.
The club is open to bids for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Harry Maguire retaining his place in the starting XI – let alone the captain’s armband – is in jeopardy. Marcus Rashford was terribly out of shape and Bruno Fernandes changed from a transformative figure to a mostly frustrating one.
United’s attack could not only be supported by Cristiano Ronaldo, while midfield lacked offensive protection and progress. There is no position free from the need for reinforcement.
United require an elite anchor, a dynamic central midfielder, a high-quality forward, command and control center defender who is comfortable defending large spaces, new defenses and another striker as a foil for Jadon Sancho.
Ten Hag has a clear football ideology that helps build a recruiting profile. Sky Sports News he was said to want “more technical, aggressive, quick-thinking players” who have “a deep responsibility to work without the ball and for each other”.
Given the major changes to scouting operations and the lack of football negotiation nous, it will be interesting to see how United manages wide exits and entrances.
The absence of participation in the Champions League also puts the club at a disadvantage, but United believe Ten Hag’s continental exploits with Ajax and his ability to improve players will prove quite attractive for their goals.
Another element sold to potential recruits is the opportunity to “write a new history of Manchester United.” Ten Hag will control a considerably different squad and is expected to introduce a change of culture and increased discipline to what was a toxic, divided environment.
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