Man Utd eye Bayern midfielder as possible Pogba replacement

Date published: Wednesday 30th June 2021 10:58 - Joe Williams

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Man Utd are keen on bringing Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka to Old Trafford if Paul Pogba decides to reject a new deal, according to reports.

There have been recent reports that reckon the Red Devils are looking to end any exit rumours by tying Pogba down to fresh terms.

Pogba’s current deal expires in 2022 and, until fairly recently, it looked as though he would be on his way out of club this summer, with Man Utd eager to recoup some, if not all of the £89million they forked out for him in 2016.

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His good form in parts of last season has changed the dynamic, however. Man Utd are now thought to be pursuing a contract extension for the Frenchman – with his agent Mino Raiola demanding £500,000 a week.

Sport Bild claims that f the Red Devils fail to meet his demands and Pogba leaves then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is lining up a move for Bayern star Goretzka.

The Bundesliga side are struggling to get Goretzka to sign a new contract with the Germany international seeing the €19.5 per year offered to David Alaba – who is joining Barcelona on a free transfer – as the benchmark for any negotiations.

And Man Utd hope to pounce on his contract situation if they can’t get Pogba to commit to a long-term future at Old Trafford on fresh terms.

Back in December, Raiola claimed that Pogba was “unhappy” at Man Utd and that he “needs to change team” for the good of his career.

Raiola said: “There’s no use ignoring it. It’s better to speak honestly, look to the future and not waste time trying to blame people: Paul is unhappy at Manchester United, he can no longer express himself as he wants to or in the way that’s expected of him.

“He needs to change team, he needs a change of scene. He has a contract that expires in a year and a half’s time, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution would be for him to leave in the next transfer window.

“Otherwise the club from Old Trafford, with whom he has a good relationship, know very well that they risk losing him on a free transfer, considering that right now he does not want to extend his deal.

“If people don’t get that, they know very little about football. In any case, they’ll all blame me if Paul leaves next summer.”


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