Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United this summer on a Bosman transfer when his contract expires.
After six somewhat inconsistent and underwhelming years back at Old Trafford following his world record return from Juventus in 2016, Pogba calls it quits for good.
Juventus and PSG lead the chase to sign Pogba on a free transfer. However, the Frenchman would prefer a return to Turin.
But who will replace Pogba at Man Utd?
The possibilities are as follows.
Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)
Frenkie de Jong emerged as one of the most exciting young midfielders in the world under incoming Man Utd manager Ten Hag.
Whilst together at Ajax, and played a significant role in Ajax’s run to the semi-finals of the 2019 Champions League.
However, during his three years at Barcelona, he has struggled to push on and has not become the world-class player everyone expected him to become.
As a result, Barcelona does not consider him indispensable anymore and would consider selling him for the right offer.
In recent days, there are reports that Man Utd is advancing talks to bring De Jong to Old Trafford.
Declan Rice (West Ham)
No player in English football has received as many plaudits over the past year as West Ham star Declan Rice.
The England international is now considered one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, following a vast improvement in his performances.
He is a combative and tactically intelligent holding midfielder. He is precisely the type of player Man Utd has been missing for years.
Man Utd and Chelsea had been in a head-to-head battle for his services, but with the Blues currently unable to buy players for political reasons, the Old Trafford club now have a free run at Rice.
The biggest stumbling block will be West Ham’s desire to keep him and the transfer fee, as the Hammers value Rice between £100 million and £150m.
Rice is unwilling to extend at West Ham, though, and recently rejected an eight-year contract extension offer from West Ham.
Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
It’s incredible to think that Jude Bellingham is still only 18. Yet, he has already tallied up well over 100 career appearances and 12 England caps.
According to FootballTransfers, he is the most valuable teenager globally, and he seems destined for a great career.
Man Utd is a host of Premier League giants who want Bellingham, including Man City and Liverpool.
His price tag will be above £100m, but Dortmund is determined to keep him after losing Erling Haaland this summer. So he will likely stay for another year.
Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco)
We are in an era of special young, physical central midfielders, and Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni is just another to add to the list.
Now in his third season at Monaco, this summer will be the time that Tchouameni likely moves on to a bigger league and big team.
Man Utd is again among the big clubs in Europe – including Real Madrid and PSG – in the race.
Tchouameni fits the bill tactically as he can play as a holding midfielder and a typical central midfielder.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)
Every summer Sergej Milinkovic-Savic gets linked to a transfer to a major European club.
Now 27, you would think that Milinkovic-Savic will finally make a move to one of Europe’s finest before he passes the peak of his career.
Over recent seasons, no club has been linked more to the giant Serbian than Man Utd.
Milinkovic-Savic is similar in style to Pogba and thus would be the ideal replacement for the Frenchman.
The biggest problem is Lazio president Claudio Lotito, who is notorious for making unrealistic demands when it comes to transfer fees. Lotito recently insisted that he won’t sell Milinkovic-Savic this summer and that he has rejected offers of €140m.
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