Solskjaer identifies Pogba replacement amid wage discord

Date published: Thursday 22nd July 2021 8:55 - Will Ford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will push for a move for Leon Goretzka if Paul Pogba leaves Manchester United for Paris Saint-Germain.

Pogba has one year left on his current deal at Old Trafford and talks over an extension have reportedly hit a wall.

The Frenchman said before Euro 2020 that a ‘concrete’ proposal had not been submitted, with reports suggesting Pogba wants a wage increase to stay at the club.


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Solskjaer is keen to keep Pogba but United will not break their wage structure to do so, particularly with the club’s finances stretched thin due to the pandemic.

PSG are circling and are said to be willing to stump up the cash necessary to sign him this summer to avoid a battle to sign him for free next summer.

Mino Raiola is reportedly discussing personal terms with the French giants with a view to a bid of £43million.

Although United would rather not sell Pogba, if they can’t agree new terms they would rather receive a fee this summer instead of allowing him to walk away for nothing in a year’s time.

And reports on Wednesday claimed United are looking at Leon Goretzka as their preferred option to replace him.

The German midfielder is in the same situation as Pogba at the Allianz Arena as he too has 12 months remaining on his current deal at the club.

He could therefore be available for a cut-price fee should he not be tied down to a new deal and The Sun claims Solskjaer has identified Goretzka as his top target to replace Pogba.

The difference between the duo is that Goretzka has consistently stated his desire to stay with the German giants, but the club are not currently willing to grant the pay parity Goretzka wants with the top earners.

Bayern would be reluctant to sell the 26-year-old, who arrived on a free transfer from Schalke in 2018, but would be willing to allow him to leave the club should he not sign a new deal this summer – they too don’t want to lose a star asset for nothing.

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