A damning verdict on his Man Utd career has heightened speculation Paul Pogba will leave this summer, and a report noted interest from two Premier League sides.
Pogba looks destined to leave Manchester United for the second time this summer. The Frenchman, 29, will see his contract expire and at present, there is little indication he will pen fresh terms.
United will embark on a new project heading into next season with a fresh face at the helm. Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag are the two names most frequently mentioned alongside succeeding Ralf Rangnick.
However, per Sky Sports, whichever manager takes the reins will have to make do without Pogba.
They confirmed the widely reported view that the likes of Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid are all tracking Pogba. However, they also added two unnamed Premier League sides are ‘keen on his services’.
A report from the Sun has now claimed to know the identity of the two English sides.
They state Newcastle and Aston Villa are ‘monitoring the situation’.
Is Pogba to Newcastle or Villa possible?
A move to St. James’ Park would’ve been unthinkable just a few short months ago. But now backed financially by PIF, Newcastle can afford any player in world football.
Their challenge would stem from convincing Pogba to sign up to what is clearly a project in the north east. It could be years before Newcastle qualify for the Champions League – even if they splash the cash in the coming windows.
Joining Villa is another ambitious prospect. Steven Gerrard’s side proved they’re not shy of taking a risk when signing Philippe Coutinho on loan in January.
However, Villa are reportedly only paying one quarter of Coutinho’s salary during the loan stint – £125,000-a-week.
Paul Pogba likely to leave Man Utd
Paul Pogba is looking increasingly likely to leave Manchester United this summer.
Pogba will command a salary far greater than that, and it is difficult to see Villa bringing both on board. It’s expected they’ll target a permanent deal for Coutinho this summer.
Regardless, if either club were to sign Pogba – who has indicated he’d be open to staying in England – they’d give the midfielder a platform to haunt United in future seasons.
And given his latest comments to French outlet Le Figaro, Pogba is not happy with his his United career unfolded.
Pogba said: “You have to be honest, these last five seasons have not satisfied me – really not at all.
“This year is dead, we won’t win anything. Whether it’s with Manchester United or another club, I want to win trophies.”