Just seven months ago, his agent Mino Raiola caused a storm when he explicitly claimed that Pogba was not happy at United and that his time at Old Trafford was “over”. The ‘super agent’ has designated this summer as the perfect time to leave and even touted former club Juventus as a possible next destination.
He said Tuttosport: “Maybe Juventus could be Pogba’s next club… why not?
“The relationship between Paul, Juventus and the former teammates is excellent.
“But with the impact of COVID, many clubs cannot sign it. Of course, it’s time to leave Manchester United.
“Yes, Paul Pogba can come back to Juventus. He’s not happy at Manchester United. “
Raiola’s explosive remarks came on the eve of a crucial Champions League group stage encounter which ultimately saw United eliminated from the competition, with the distraction threatening to sever Pogba’s relationship with the fan base for good.
It’s to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s immense credit that despite the fury surrounding the Frenchman, he didn’t let him make an impact on the squad and in fact got the best consistent run of performances in Pogba since returning to the club.
But in a cruel twist of fate, as soon as Pogba finally reached the level for which United paid so much to bring him back to Manchester, his contract has now reached its final year. There is no 12 month extension to fix the issue this time around.
United must act. Quickly.
Pogba is now in a position of command. With 12 months remaining on the deal, he could either force a move this summer, with United likely not wanting to lose such an asset for nothing, or stay for another season. He can start negotiations with foreign clubs from January on his next move and would likely get an even bigger signing bonus with no transfer fees.
With Real Madrid in such financial disarray, a free transfer might be the only way for him to secure the transfer he previously called a ‘dream’.
Paris Saint-Germain have been linked and they would not have such problems accumulating money.
But, with Pogba now playing his best football since his Turin days, under the guidance of a manager who clearly understands him, at a club whose transfers now match his own ambition, he may decide to stay and sign. a new agreement. If so, great! Problem solved. Nothing to fear.
Otherwise United will have to find a replacement and they might not have a better opportunity to sign the perfect Eduardo Camavinga.
The 18-year-old takes the world by storm. Despite his tender years, he already has 82 senior selections for Rennes to his credit as well as three selections for France. He plays with a young scorn of fear, always seeking the ball, always seeking to carry it forward, always seeking to make adventurous passes. Influence the game.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
With such capacity already and endless growth potential, there is no much more ideal replacement for Pogba and he is available this summer.
Camavinga has only one year left on his current contract and Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has admitted that a sale is entirely possible in the current window.
“Discussions are still ongoing, everything is open, either for a departure during this transfer window – if an offer satisfies everyone – or to extend (his contract),” Holveck told RMC.
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“He won’t be leaving on the cheap, we’ve had a lot of talk but nothing is complete one way or another. “
Despite his claims, with Rennes’ low stature, losing such a valuable asset for nothing would be a disaster and reports suggest Camavinga could be available for just £ 25.7million this summer – an absolute bargain compared to the prices of other teenage prodigies in recent years. .
The Manchester Evening News understands it is under review by United, but reports that they are ready to step up are incorrect.
Although maybe that should change. With the usual suspects at Madrid and PSG also reportedly touring, the stars will likely never line up for United to sign Camavinga at such a low price, or maybe never again.
At the first opportunity, Pogba’s future must be sorted out, one way or another, so that they can then start planning their lives without him if he chooses to leave.
If United don’t act quickly, they risk missing the downstairs entry for a player who’s only going one way, another Jude Bellingham and Pogba’s perfect replacement.
Even if Pogba stays – with a move for Declan Rice that seems tough – why not just get both?