Manchester United (MU) midfielder Paul Pogba has rejected the opportunity to move to Premier League giants Manchester City. The 29-year-old has reportedly informed the club of his desire to leave England at the end of the season.
As is well known, Paul Pogba is getting closer to the Old Trafford exit. The Frenchman will end his contract with Manchester United in June 2022.
The Red Devils actually had time to offer a new deal for Pogba. But the player is reluctant to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
The news of Pogba’s departure has benefited other clubs. The reason is, the French international player can be brought in for free at the end of the season.
According to Metro reports, Pogba has been the subject of interest from Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). However, Manchester City is claimed to be the club that has made the firmest offer so far.
No wonder The Citizens intend to bring Pogba to the Etihad. Manchester City tactician Pep Guardiola is known to be an admirer of Pogba. The midfield position in his squad will also be vacant because Fernandinho chose to leave at the end of the season.
Unfortunately, the interest of The Citizens is one-sided. Athletic’s David Ornstein claims Paul Pogba has turned down offers to move to the Etihad. The former Juventus player is said to be more interested in playing elsewhere next season.
ESPN claims Paul Pogba is currently still planning to seriously consider the incoming offer. However, sources say the player is prioritizing a potential move to Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain.
Les Parisiens seem to have a greater chance of securing Pogba’s signature. The reason is, the France international may need to be paid a high salary. Meanwhile, Juventus are now not in a position that allows to match the offer of the Ligue 1 giants.
According to ESPN, Pogba will not reveal a decision on his future until the end of the season. To be sure, the player’s tenure with United is likely to end, despite the arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
For information, Pogba’s departure will have an impact on decreasing the amount of Manchester United’s spending on player salaries. The reason is, the player born in 1993 is one of the highest paid players at the Red Devils, which reaches approximately 230,000 pounds per week.
The Red Devils seem to have identified a new figure who has the potential to replace Pogba next season. The 20-time Premier League champion is reportedly eager to use the services of Barcelona’s young midfielder, Gavi.
Launching a Liputan6.com report at the end of April, Gavi is indeed a player who is able to make a breakthrough at Camp Nou this season. The Spanish wonderkid has successfully become a key player in Barcelona, having recorded 42 appearances in all competitions, and contributed two goals and six assists.
Gavi’s contract at Camp Nou will expire in June 2023. The club, which is second in the La Liga standings, has struggled to reach a new agreement in order to extend the stay of its 17-year-old player.
On the other hand, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have also started to be linked with Gavi over the last few months. This condition makes Barcelona have to face fierce competition to prevent the player’s departure to the Premier League.