Jamie Redknapp wants to see Paul Pogba making an “incredible” move from Manchester United to Manchester City and even thinks it would be a “no brainer”.
Pogba will be out of contract with Manchester United at the end of the season. It is fair to say his second spell with the club has not gone to plan after what was at the time a world-record transfer in 2016.
Fans and pundits have often been divided about what he is bringing to the team and that remains the case as his time with the club nears its end.
Where he ends up remains up for question, but there have been rumours recently about what would be an extraordinary move – to none other than Manchester City.
The path across the city is not well trodden, but several sources have indicated there is a chance it could happen. It would no doubt cause controversy.
But according to Sky Sports pundit Redknapp, the transfer would “make sense” for everyone concerned.
Redknapp said after Sky‘s coverage of City’s win over Newcastle: “It’d be an incredible move. I think it’d be one that I – have to be honest – wouldn’t have seen coming.
“But you have to weigh it up. Free transfer, he’d have a point to prove, because he’s took a lot of stick while he’s been at United.
“I’ve always watched Pep [Guardiola], he’s been funny. There’s a few times I’ve watched games where United are sitting; he always goes over to him, they have a bit of dialogue. He obviously respects him as a player.
“There was talk a few years ago that he might have gone for him. Now, a player of his quality, no matter what you say about Paul Pogba, as a free transfer – high wages of course, but that’s not a problem for Man City – you would take him in a heartbeat.
“He adds a lot to this team. I think he’d be hungry to come and show what he can do. He lives in the area. I think it’d be an incredible move, it’d be a brave move, but I’d love to see that in the Premier League.
“I think it’d make sense all round.”
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However, fellow pundit Jamie Carragher is of the opposite opinion. He responded by arguing Pogba does not have the appropriate work rate to succeed in a Guardiola team.
Carragher claimed: “I wouldn’t go anywhere near him.
“You win the league every year, you get 95 to 100 points every year.
“He doesn’t work hard enough, as much as the other players. If Pep could get it out of him, fantastic. There’s no doubting his ability, no one has ever doubted.
“But when you see the players City have had, the creative players, Foden coming off as you see, Bernardo Silva – these type of players who are brilliant players who don’t stop running and don’t stop working, from minute one to minute 90.
“That’s what makes Manchester City what they are. They’re a great team, brilliant manager, great individuals.”
Redknapp reiterates why Pogba would be better for Man City
Pogba may be a great individual himself, but some are of the opinion that he has not functioned for the greater good of United during his time back at the club.
As a World Cup winner with France from 2018, though, there is clearly something there to work with.
However, Carragher thinks Pogba must produce it from himself. Instead, there are too many question marks that remain lingering over him.
He added: “Paul Pogba, when you see him in a French shirt, or at times for Manchester United, unbelievable quality, does special things at different times.
“But we’re still six years in talking about what’s his best position, who can get the best out of him. Come on.”
Redknapp, though, still believes Pogba would be worth City making a move for. It would hinge on him changing his playing style, but he can predict Pogba being more motivated to prove the red side of Manchester wrong.
Redknapp concluded: “He’d have to be completely different to the player we’ve seen at United. That’s a fact. He’d have to play a lot more like he does for France.
“But he’s not the only one from Man Utd. Right now you wouldn’t take a player there. They can’t all be that bad.
“But as a free transfer, you’re going to buy a player who’s going to be desperate to do well. He’s going to put himself bang on offer if he comes here. I think it’s a no-brainer.
“I think it’d be a no brainer to take him with his quality, he scores goals, he adds to much to the team. You’re going to lose Fernandinho…”
Although a different type of player, adding Pogba’s abilities to the Man City midfield would definitely be intriguing. Only time will tell if it actually materialises.