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Man Utd ace ‘very tempted’ by transfer as club moves into pole position for deal

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Manchester United star Paul Pogba is ‘very tempted’ by a transfer away from Old Trafford, according to reports.

Pogba featured regularly in the Premier League and Champions League before a two-match suspension in late October, followed by a groin injury while on international duty. The World Cup winner began his rehabilitation in Dubai but is now back at the club’s Carrington training ground.

Manager Ralf Rangnick gave an update on Pogba last week. “As far as I know, I was told a week ago, it would be a minimum of at least another four or five weeks before he is fit for training again,” the German said (via MEN).

“I saw him this morning before the training session, he was in the locker room, and I hope he will be back as soon as possible.”

The central midfielder’s contract expires in the summer and rumours continue to swirl over his possible next destination. Real Madrid and Juventus are potential suitors, although Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG seem to be leading the race.

Sport Witness, citing French outlet Le Parisien, claim Pogba is ‘very tempted’ by the prospect of joining PSG. It would allow him to return to where he was born.

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The star is also yet to appear in Ligue 1, having left France for United as a teenager. PSG reportedly have a ‘head start’ on their European rivals thanks to these factors.

One other factor that must be mentioned is United’s intent to keep Pogba. According to the report, they have put huge wages on the table as part of a contract extension. However, a conclusion is yet to be reached as Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola weigh up the options.

The £89m man has made 219 appearances over two spells with the Red Devils, scoring 38 goals. With his help United have won two EFL Cups and the 2016-17 Europa League.

Paul Pogba team-mate could be on the move

Meanwhile, veteran playmaker Juan Mata could swap Manchester for San Sebastian.

Sport Witness, who cite Spanish journalist Yon Cuezva, claim the player is in negotiations over a return to La Liga.

Mata’s father and agent, Juan Manuel Mata, has apparently had a meeting with Real Sociedad chief Jokin Aperribay. They discussed Mata’s potential move to Spain once his United contract expires in the summer.

Spanish outlet AS provide more detail on the situation. They claim Mata is refusing to pen a new United deal so he can negotiate with other teams thanks to the Bosman ruling.

La Real are ‘long-term admirers’ of the star, and they could finally make their transfer dream come true on July 1.

Mata’s transfer would see him link up with former rival David Silva, should the Manchester City legend agree an extension at Real.

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