Manchester United saw just how good Paul Pogba can be last season.
The ongoing problem with Pogba is its contract position. ESPN report United will try to renew talks with the French after the EM.
Pogba’s contract expires in 2022 and United fear Pogba will dissolve him and leave for a free transfer.
If Pogba rejects United’s progress in negotiating a new deal, it would be wise for the club to consider all options. United could still get a good fee for Pogba this summer and reinvest it.
There are three very different ways United could replace Pogba. Here’s a look at the players who could become targets …
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England ace Jack Grealish was wanted by United last summer before Aston Villa prevented relegation and raised the price.
Grealish would still cost United too much this summer – but if Pogba were sold and funds generated a move could happen.
Grealish would be an offensive replacement for Pogba, reflecting how the Frenchman’s position has changed for much of the 2020-21 season.
The Villa ace can play in various midfield positions, but like Pogba, it’s arguably best to enter from the left.
Moving for Grealish would be almost like getting United getting a younger player with more to prove.
United could force a move for a box-to-box midfielder like Saul Niguez as an upgrade for Fred to work with Scott McTominay.
It is reported that Saul will be back on the transfer market this summer after Atletico win La Liga after facing financial difficulties.
The Times reports that Saul is unsettled in Spain and he is an option for Manchester City, while The Mail reports that Bayern Munich and Chelsea are interested.
United are currently out of the race as the club are prioritizing a move from winger Jadon Sancho, with Pogba’s future taking a back seat.
If the decision is made to cash in Pogba, Saul would be a very accomplished replacement if he is still available.
Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans is a similar player in terms of style United could be looking at.
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The alternative approach is for United to invest all of the money in a defensive midfielder.
England international Declan Rice is the most expensive option available due to West Ham’s asking price.
With the funds raised from the possible sale of Pogba, Rice appears to be less of a hassle.
This would give United the stability they need in midfield and Rice would be a long-term addition.
It would still take attacking players to strengthen, but this move would help keep United from losing goals.
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