New reports claim that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will reportedly allow his contract to run dry and make a decision about his future next summer, in what will be a huge blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s plans.
Pogba has entered into the final year of his Old Trafford contract and will be free to speak to foreign clubs in January ahead of a free transfer in the summer of 2022. Talks over a new deal have so far stalled, despite Pogba sees many of his teammates extend their contracts.
The French international had an excellent Euro 2020 despite his country earlier than expected exit. He is currently on holiday and is not part of United’s early action before the season.
Pogba travels United on a free is not a scenario United would have wanted, after spending £ 85 million on its return five years ago. The decision would also weaken their hand in any sales negotiations with the latest rumors proposes a potential swap deal involving two Barcelona stars.
The report on ESPN also states that staying at Old Trafford is still an option, but that it is far less likely.
His former club Juventus remain eager to bring him back to Turin. In fact, at one point there were suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Manchester in a spectacular swap deal.
But the fear is now that Pogba could talk 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 solid start for United since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018. 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 second in the Premier League. They also lost to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
United meanwhile close the official signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. Several big names are also expected to follow.
Man Utd among suitors to sporting sensation
Meanwhile, United are one of three Premier League clubs reportedly keeping an eye on Sporting CP star Joelson Fernandes – and they are not deterred by his high-release clause.
Joelson has only four senior appearances to his name for Sporting, but has already attracted interest elsewhere. Arsenal were particularly eager to sign him last summer while his father claimed Liverpool had held meetings over a potential transfer.
In the end, the winger remained in Lisbon, where he is under contract until 2023. But as he hopes for more breakthroughs in first team football, he may end up moving elsewhere.
According to Record, via Sports witness, Man Utd are among the clubs interested in Joelson, who has a release clause of 60 million. This has not deterred United and they continue to monitor his development.
At the moment, it seems unlikely that Joelson will move this summer. He expects to get more chances for Sporting in the coming season and also hopes to be in the Champions League.
United have, of course, agreed a deal to sign Jadon Sancho to strengthen wide this summer. Joelson usually plays on the opposite side so that could complement him in the future. But it seems that this is one for the future.