Manchester City’s Potential Contract Offer for Paul Pogba Revealed as Manchester United Exit Looms
Manchester City are ‘willing’ to offer Paul Pogba a four-year contract if he completes a free transfer from Manchester United this summer.
Last night, a flurry of reports suggested Manchester City are interested in signing Paul Pogba, who is set to leave cross-town rivals Manchester United on a free transfer this summer.
The French international – who was a United youth graduate – made a then-record £89 million transfer back to Old Trafford in 2016, but has really failed to make his mark on a struggling side.
Despite this, Pogba has enjoyed immense success with the French national team. He played a huge role in their 2018 World Cup success and recently picked up the second-ever Nations League trophy.
Manchester City could make a move for Paul Pogba when his contract runs out at Manchester United this summer.
City boss Pep Guardiola is looking for central midfield reinforcements given veteran Fernandinho plans to leave the club at the end of the season.
City have already ruled themselves out of making an offer for West Ham’s Declan Rice given the likely transfer fee in excess of £100m.
But the lack of a transfer fee makes Pogba a more attractive proposition.
Pogba’s situation is slightly more complicated following the death of his long-time agent Mino Raiola last weekend.
But he is bound to be of interest to many of Europe’s top clubs despite form and injury issues that have blighted his time at United.
If the France star was to make the move across Manchester, it would be similar to Carlos Tevez rejecting United’s offer of turning his loan spell with them into a permanent switch in 2009 and then joining City.
The Mail’s original report suggested that City are looking at Pogba on a list of candidates to replace club captain Fernandinho, who is leaving the Etihad Stadium in the summer after nearly a decade of incredible service.
Today, the Guardian have furthered that report by suggesting the Blues are willing to offer the 29-year-old a four-year contract, with the option to extend his stay by a further year beyond that.
Pogba is reportedly earning £290,000 a week at United, but is set to walk away from the club this summer.
Alongside City, only Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are noted as having the financial muscle to offer the midfielder a suitable financial package.
Like previous reports have suggested, the reigning Premier League champions cannot offer Pogba anything until the season is complete, but it looks like there is serious interest from the blue side of Manchester.
Pep Guardiola reportedly requested a player capable of playing both roles in central midfield, with options in that area significantly dwindled by the departure of Fernandinho.
Bernardo Silva’s future at the club is still unclear after requesting to leave last summer, while Ilkay Gundogan’s contract is set to expire next season – with no extension talks planned currently.
On a free transfer, Pogba is an option City will be seriously considering to fill a massive void in the squad and the player himself could be tempted by the prospect of working with Pep Guardiola and challenging for major honours.
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Manchester Metropolis might make a transfer for Paul Pogba when his contract runs out at Manchester United this summer season.
Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola is on the lookout for central midfield reinforcements given veteran Fernandinho plans to depart the membership on the finish of the season.
Metropolis have already dominated themselves out of constructing a proposal for West Ham’s Declan Rice given the possible switch payment in extra of £100m.
However the lack of a switch payment makes Pogba a extra enticing proposition.
Pogba’s scenario is barely extra sophisticated following the demise of his long-time agent Mino Raiola final weekend.
Manchester City are considering signing Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s deal expires at rivals Manchester United in the summer. The Guardian understands Pogba is open to crossing the city.
Pogba is interested in working with the Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, who believes the World Cup-winner could operate in a deeper role in midfield. It would be a controversial move, following in the footsteps of Carlos Tevez by leaving United for City, and would mean Pogba accepting lower wages than he is currently on.
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City cannot make an official approach to Pogba until the end of the season, but the Guardian understands they are willing to offer the Frenchman a four-year contract, with the option of a further year.
Academy graduate Pogba, 29, will not extend his contract at Old Trafford with the club he rejoined from Juventus for £89m in 2016. The midfielder has struggled to make the desired impact at Manchester United, scoring 29 times in 154 league appearances across six seasons during which he has won one League Cup and Europa League. The club offered him a new deal last summer, which was rejected, and they have not been back with another.
Pogba shared an agent, prior to Mino Raiola’s death, with Erling Haaland who, the Guardian understands, will join City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. City will pay the striker’s release clause and terms have been agreed with the Norwegian, whose father Alf-Inge had a spell with City at the start of the century.
City are set to lose one central midfielder this summer with the veteran Brazilian Fernandinho announcing he will leave to return to Brazil to carry on his playing career, leaving the squad light in that position.
It is rare a player of Pogba’s pedigree and commercial value comes on the market for nothing. Few would be able to afford Pogba’s wages – he is currently earning a reported £290,000 a week at Old Trafford – so he could be left with few options in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be interested, while Real Madrid have tried to sign him in the past.
Pogba is likely to have played his last game for United after limping off during their defeat against Liverpool earlier this month with a calf injury.