Manchester United Opinion: 2 Pogba replacements United must consider
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has claimed that the midfielder is ‘in the process’ of leaving Manchester United this summer.
The French World Cup winner, 26, who had an up-and-down 2018/19 season, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for months.
He has been absent from Manchester United’s pre-season training this season which has fuelled speculation about his long-term future.
And super-agent Raiola has now echoed Pogba’s desire to leave Old Trafford in an interview with The Times.
Real Madrid and Juventus have repeatedly been linked with Pogba, who is contracted to United until 2021. United have told Real Madrid and Juventus that they must make an offer of at least £150m to have any chance of landing the Frenchman.
United are in dire need of a squad overhaul after a shocking season and will be plying their trade in the Europa League next year for the second time in three seasons.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aware of that and is desperate to bring in exciting, young and hungrier talent to Old Trafford this summer. He is keen to keep hold of Pogba, who he planned to build the team around this season.
But following the latest developments, the United boss must look to replace his star midfielder. With that in mind, here are two replacements the Red Devils should consider.
1. Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP)
According to a report from the Metro, Manchester United are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon star, Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese scored 20 goals and provided 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season and while Sporting want to keep hold of their star playmaker, Bruno is eyeing a move away from his club.
A player like Bruno is exactly what needs at the moment. The 24-year-old has good pace, vision, skill on the ball and can score goals. He’ll bring creativity and flair from midfield, something which the Reds lacked last season.
All in all, the Portugal international would be the perfect replacement for Pogba.
2. Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)
It is believed that United are interested in signing Atletico Madrid ace Saul Niguez as a replacement for Pogba.
Saul, 24, is rated as one of the best midfielders in Spain, noted for his technique, versatility, passing range, work rate and discipline. The Spanish international packs a lot of power on his left foot and has scored some absolute screamers so far in his career.
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However, he has a contract with Atletico until 2026 and his current deal contains a £134.5m buyout clause. Saul would be a massive coup for Solskjaer if United manage to pull it off.