Manchester United might not have a better chance to sign perfect Paul Pogba replacement

 

Paul Pogba’s future has been in perennial doubt throughout his time at Manchester United, but it has never looked in such peril as this summer – even if it has been strangely understated.

Just seven months ago his agent, Mino Raiola, caused a storm when he explicitly claimed Pogba was not happy at United and that his time at Old Trafford was ‘over.’ The ‘super agent’ earmarked this summer as the perfect time to leave and even touted former club Juventus as a possible next destination.

He told Tuttosport: “Maybe Juventus could be Pogba’s next club… why not?

“The relationship between Paul, Juventus and former teammates is excellent.

“But with the COVID impact, many clubs can’t sign him. For sure, it’s time to leave Manchester United.

“Yes, Paul Pogba can come back to Juventus. He’s not happy at Manchester United.”

Raiola’s explosive remarks came on the eve of a crucial Champions League group stage encounter which eventually saw United eliminated from the competition, with the distraction threatening to sever the relationship between Pogba and the fanbase for good.

It is to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s immense credit that despite the furore surrounding the Frenchman, he didn’t let it impact the squad and in fact went on to get the best run of consistent performances out of Pogba since his return to the club.

 

But in a cruel twist of fate, as soon as Pogba has finally reached the level that United paid so much to bring him back to Manchester for, his contract has now reached its final year. There are no 12-month extensions to kick the problem down the road this time.

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United need to act. Quickly.

Pogba is now in a commanding position. With 12-months remaining on deal he could either force through a move this summer, with United likely not wanting to lose such an asset for nothing, or remain for another season. He can begin negotiations with foreign clubs from January over his next move, and would likely get an even bigger signing on bonus with no transfer fee involved.

With Real Madrid in such financial disarray, a free transfer may be the only way he would be able to get the move he has previously labelled as a ‘dream.’

Paris Saint-Germain have been linked and they would have no such troubles in stumping up the cash.

But, with Pogba now playing his best football since his days in Turin, under a manager who clearly understands him, at a club whose transfer business is now matching his own lofty ambition – perhaps he will decide to stay and sign a new deal. If so, great! Problem solved. Nothing to worry about.

If not, then United will need to find a replacement and they may not have a better opportunity to sign the perfect one: Eduardo Camavinga.

 

The 18-year-old is taking the world by storm. Despite his tender years he already has 82 senior appearances for Rennes under his belt as well as three caps for France. He plays with a youthful disregard of fear, always searching for the ball, always looking to carry it forward, always looking to make adventurous passes. Influence the game.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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With such ability already and endless potential for growth, there isn’t a much more ideal replacement for Pogba and he is available this summer.

Camavinga also only has a year remaining on his current contract and Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has conceded that a sale is very much possible in the current window.

“Discussions are still ongoing, everything is open, either for a departure during this transfer window – if an offer satisfies everyone – or to extend (his contract),” Holveck told RMC.

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“He won’t leave for cheap, we’ve had a lot of discussions but nothing is complete one way or another.”

Despite his claims, with Rennes’ low stature, losing such a prized asset for nothing would be a disaster and reports suggest Camavinga could be available for just £25.7million this summer – an absolute bargain compared to the prices of other teenage prodigies in recent years.

The Manchester Evening News understands that he is under consideration by United, but reports that they are readying to make a move are incorrect.

Though maybe that should change. With the usual suspects in Madrid and PSG reportedly circling as well, the stars will likely never align for United to sign Camavinga this cheaply, or perhaps just ever, again.

 

At the earliest opportunity, Pogba’s future must be sorted, one way or another, so they can then begin to plan for life without him should he choose to depart.

If United don’t act soon they risk missing out on getting in on the ground floor of a player who is only going in one direction, another Jude Bellingham, and the perfect Pogba replacement.

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Even if Pogba does stay – with a move for Declan Rice looking difficult – why not just get both?

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