Manchester City are once again interested in Paul Pogba. They can pair him with Frenkie de Jong and Manchester United have a replacement in mind.
It was in April 2018, on the eve of a Manchester derby, when Pep Guardiola revealed he had been offered the chance to sign Paul Pogba. These were simpler times: Pogba scored twice in the next game to temporarily delay City’s title motorcade; Liverpool were set to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final; and some UK football journalists lost all of their shit.
@DiMarzio Why did you release today the content of Guardiola’s press conference that you knew was embargoed until 10:30 p.m.? You should bow your head in shame.
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) April 6, 2018
It should happen. An absolute shame for the profession. I don’t know what you do for a living, but breaking a journalism embargo isn’t making the news, it’s not about being first, it’s cheating. It’s a golden rule. He broke it. Everything else he does doesn’t matter
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) April 6, 2018
Absolutely glorious stuff from those beautiful days. Manchester City may be considering signing free agent Pogba when his Manchester United contract expires feels positively tame by comparison, but here we are.
Pogba, of course, shares an agency with Erling Haaland and The Sun claims the Frenchman’s name was mentioned during those talks. Manchester City very wisely “asked to be kept informed”.
Guardiola’s desire to have ‘a new versatile central midfielder’ to replace Fernandinho is cited by the Daily Mail. Pogba has indeed proven to be incredibly versatile at Old Trafford, which is probably why Manchester United have spent every transfer window since his arrival trying to #unlock him.
The Times suggest Manchester City are targeting “a dynamic box-to-box midfielder”, however, and “there is a feeling in some quarters that Pogba could be a good signing”. He is on a shortlist of five to 10 players in the position.
Pogba himself is said to be ‘open’ to the move as he ‘is interested in working with’ Guardiola and ‘could play a deeper role in midfield’.
They would probably need to tie up his position first.
The Guardian adds that a four-year contract with the option of a further 12 months, with wages below his current earnings across the city, could be offered.
And Football365’s transfer gossip column reports that it would be quite funny. Let’s hope Gianluca Di Marzio doesn’t interfere this time as we really fear for his safety if he breaches another embargo. The poor guy will ‘make himself’.
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Manchester City are certainly planning a busy summer, perhaps due to the existential crisis that a potential liverpool The quadruple would inflict on the whole world. One of the most important players to prevent this could be Bernardo Silva, whose role and performance under Guardiola has once again been high this season.
Barcelona have shown interest and Mundo Deportivo describe the Portuguese as ‘one of the most popular at the Catalan club’. Although it is recognized that it is a “complicated option”, it is still said that Silva not be completely settled in England and open to the idea of playing in La Liga.
These familiar financial constraints at the Nou Camp are a stumbling block that Frenkie de Jong could help. Mundo adds that ‘a barter could be studied’ involving the Dutch midfielder in a partial exchange which would suit all parties involved.
Pogba’s next consideration would be who would sign Manchester United to replace him. Celebration policeman Ruben Neves has been mooted and his preference should Wolves leave would be to stay in the Premier League.
He remains eager to return to the Champions League, a competition he hasn’t played in since February 2017. With Arsenal and Manchester United being the two main English clubs linked, the choice seems pretty obvious. But both will be delighted to hear that his public valuation of £100m is likely to be closer to £70m privately.
This is from the Daily Mailwho adds that Bruno Lage ‘desperately needs to strengthen his attacking line’ and wants new midfielders so Neves and Leander Dendoncker could be sacrificed to increase the budget.