Man Utd to shelve three transfer targets after Pogba revelation

Jason Soutar
Paul Pogba

Manchester United are no longer pursuing a move for three midfielders this summer with Paul Pogba now likely to stay at the club.

Rennes teenager Eduardo Camavinga, Wolves playmaker Ruben Neves and Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez were all transfer targets for the Premier League club, but have all been shelved with Pogba due to remain in Manchester.

The 2018 World Cup winner has entered the final year of his contract and is in danger of leaving the club for free for the second time in his career.

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Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move for the midfielder with the players agent holding talks with the French club this month.

However, Lionel Messi’s arrival in the French capital has now ruled out that move.

The Daily Mail claim that Pogba ‘will leave Manchester United on a free for a second time next summer’ after Messi’s move ‘scuppered any chance of Frenchman leaving in this window’.

Pogba’s hopes of leaving the Red Devils this summer ‘were almost certainly dashed’ as PSG will now look to sell numerous players to balance their books.

The Messi deal was an ‘unexpected opportunity’ for PSG and even the super rich French club ‘would struggle to complete both deals’ in the same window.

The Ligue 1 giants have already completed the free transfers of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum, while they spent £54m to bring Achraf Hakimi to France from Inter Milan.

Due to this news, United are not going to pursue Neves, Camavinga or Saul this month with Pogba staying at Old Trafford, according to the same Daily Mail report.

Similar to Pogba, Camavinga is entering the final year of his Rennes contract and the Ligue 1 club are keen to sell him this month to avoid losing him on a free.

Niguez was also rumoured to leave in a £40million deal and Neves has also been linked with Arsenal.

Former United player Paul Parker compared the Portugal international to Paul Scholes earlier this month.

“When you talk about someone striking the ball there’s only one player I can remember doing that, and that’s Paul Scholes,” he said on the Talking Devils podcast.

“If he was playing for a Manchester United with the quality around him you will see his game improve.

“Yes, more have struggled, but someone like Neves, coming to play with his countryman Fernandes, you’ll have someone who can play in deep areas and United have lacked that for a long time.”