A fresh reports claims Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will reportedly allow his contract to run down and make a decision on his future next summer, in what will be a huge blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
Pogba has entered the final year of his Old Trafford contract and will be free to talk to foreign clubs in January, ahead of a free transfer in the summer of 2022. Talks over a fresh deal have so far stalled, despite Pogba seeing many of his teammates extend their contracts.
The France international had an excellent Euro 2020, despite his country’s earlier than expected exit. He is currently on holiday and is not part of United’s early pre-season action.
Pogba leaving United on a free is not a scenario United would have wanted, having spent £85million on his return five years ago. The decision would also weaken their hand in any sale negotiations, with the latest rumours suggesting a potential swap deal involving two Barcelona stars.
The report on ESPN also states that remaining at Old Trafford remains a possibility, but is far less likely.
His former club Juventus remain keen on bringing him back to Turin. Indeed, at one point there were suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo could head back to Manchester in a spectacular swap deal.
But the fear now is that Pogba could speak to Juve in January. He would then be able to arrange to join them for nothing in 2022 instead.
The 28-year-old has been a regular starter for United since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018. However, his current interest in leaving is not thought to be as strong as it was two years ago.
Pogba scored six goals in 42 appearances in all competitions as United finished runners-up in Premier League. They also lost to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
United, meanwhile, are closing in on the official signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. More big names are also expected to follow.
Man Utd among suitors for Sporting sensation
Meanwhile, United are one of three Premier League clubs reportedly keeping tabs on Sporting CP starlet Joelson Fernandes – and they are not deterred by his high release clause.
Joelson has just four senior appearances to his name for Sporting, but has already been attracting interest from elsewhere. Arsenal were particularly keen to sign him last summer, while his father claimed Liverpool had held meetings over a potential transfer.
Ultimately, the winger stayed in Lisbon, where he is under contract until 2023. However, as he hopes for more of a breakthrough into first-team football, he could end up moving elsewhere.
According to Record, via Sport Witness, Man Utd are among the clubs interested in Joelson, who has a €60m release clause. This has not put United off and they are continuing to monitor his development.
At present, it seems unlikely Joelson will make a move this summer. He is expecting to be given more of a chance at Sporting in the upcoming season and hopes to feature in the Champions League as well.
United have, of course, agreed a deal to sign Jadon Sancho to strengthen out wide this summer. Joelson usually plays on the opposite side, so could complement him in future. But it seems this is one for the future.