Man Utd: Fernandes hails link play with Pogba and Cavani
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Manchester United star Paul Pogba’s future at the club remains shrouded in uncertainty with the summer transfer window now open. And reports claim the Red Devils want a fee of £72million to let the France international go. Jack Grealish has already been chosen as a potential replacement should a sale happen, though prising him away from Aston Villa will be easier said than done.
Manchester United thought they’d struck gold when they signed Pogba for £89m back in the summer transfer window of 2016.
The France international initially made a positive impact back at Old Trafford, starring as the club won the Europa League and EFL Cup under Jose Mourinho.
But Pogba has blown hot and cold for United in the years since, struggling for consistency ever since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.
The 28-year-old has just a year left on his current contract and, as of yet, there’s no sign of an agreement being struck over a potential extension.
And RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi, relayed by ParisFans, has claimed United want a fee of £72m to let Pogba leave amid interest from Ligue 1 titans Paris Saint-Germain.
“It’s true that Pogba is being watched by PSG,” he said.
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“Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] was in Nice with [Mino] Raiola three days ago, and the two spoke of [Moise] Kean, Bakker living and Pogba.
“United don’t want to part ways with him, but Pogba doesn’t want to renew. United are asking for €80m.”
United have already lost Pogba for free once before, with the World Cup winner choosing to join Juventus for nothing back in 2012.
And they may have to accept a repeat when it comes to the midfielder, with Juventus also keen.
The Old Lady were gutted when Pogba departed in 2016 and talk of a potential return, with Cristiano Ronaldo then used as bait, has arisen since the transfer window reopened.
United, for their part, want the Frenchman to stay.
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Solskjaer has regularly insisted the 28-year-old is crucial to his plans at Old Trafford, particularly as the Norwegian eyes the Premier League title next time out.
But United may find themselves forced into losing the midfielder, who has also tried to leave the club in the summer transfer windows of 2018 and 2019 respectively.
In 2018, Barcelona were his preferred next destination after he sparkled for France at the World Cup in Russia.
But the La Liga giants never came close to landing Pogba, especially after their low bid of £45million plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes was turned down by Ed Woodward.
Then, in 2019, the former Le Havre youngster set his sights on a move to Real Madrid.
He regularly praised the La Liga titans, admitting it would be his dream to play under childhood icon Zinedine Zidane – who was in charge of Los Blancos at the time.
But that move didn’t happen, with United digging in their heels and making it clear Pogba wouldn’t be sold under any circumstances.
United have, as mentioned above, seemingly picked Grealish as a replacement.
But landing the Aston Villa star won’t be easy, with Dean Smith’s side slapping a £100m price tag on their prized asset to ward off potential suitors.
Pogba recently appeared to hit out at Solskjaer, admitting he’d like to play further up the pitch like he does for his country – instead of being an anchorman in the middle of the park.
“It’s true that at Juventus it was different from Manchester,” he said.
“We were playing three in the middle, in a 5-3-2. I had the freedom, I had to be in the box, to attack. It was an obligation.
“In Manchester, I have the freedom to go into the box, but the priority is to play, to defend.
“In the France team, we play a 4-2-3-1 too. I’m a little more involved in the transition, in the construction. But I have more freedom than in Manchester to get into the box, to make runs forward.
“At the same time, when you have Grizou [Antoine Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe], you don’t want to enter their spaces, you don’t need to.”
He then added: “I would like to play more offensively. Scoring 15 goals per season, that’s what I would like.
“But, we must put ourselves at the service of the collective. In Manchester, as with Les Bleus, the collective will always come before the player.
“Frankly, I still enjoy playing a little deeper. When Patrick [Vieira] said he preferred me at Juventus, I understand, I was able to express myself more further up, more with my technique.
“But it will always be the collective above everything else.”
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