Paris Saint-Germain have joined long-term admirers Real Madrid and Juventus in the race for Paul Pogba, who is reportedly “fed up” at Manchester United.
Pogba has been a substitute in United’s last three games in all competitions. He has not started a game since the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham in early October.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has chosen the likes of Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred instead of the 2018 World Cup winner with France recently. It has prompted fresh speculation about Pogba’s future.
United recently activated their option to extend his contract by a further year until 2022. However, beyond that date, his future remains up for question.
The midfielder has been regularly linked with a return to Juventus in recent years. He enjoyed a successful four-year spell in Turin before re-joining United in 2016.
Pogba has also been suggested as a target for Real Madrid, whose French manager Zinedine Zidane remains fond of him.
However, according to Tuttosport, there is another contender for Pogba. PSG could give him the opportunity to play in his native country for the first time.
The Italian newspaper suggests that Pogba will finally leave United at the end of this season. Neither club nor player seem to be in a hurry for a “real renewal” of his contract.
And, with Pogba unhappy about his bench role, he could leave the club next summer. United are also reluctant to give him too large a contract, so could cash in on him.
Pogba ‘fed up’ at United
Meanwhile, Spanish source Don Balon claims Pogba’s focus is not with United at the moment, speculating that he is thinking of a “future transfer”.
The report claims Pogba is “fed up” and has told agent Mino Raiola to find him a new club where he could retrieve a more important role.
With only two years left on his contract, United must decide quickly whether he will be staying with them long-term. According to Don Balon, it’s “now or never” if they want to recoup some money from their investment.
The website adds that Real Madrid would be his “dream” destination – as the player himself has even hinted at. However, Florentino Perez, the president of the La Liga champions, does not want to spend big on him.
That means a return to Juventus could be the most likely option for the 27-year-old. Indeed, he is said to “approve” of the possible move back to the Italian champions.