Manchester City are considering signing Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s deal expires at rivals Manchester United this summer. The Guardian understands that Pogba is ready to cross the city.
Pogba is interested in working with Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola, who believes the World Cup winner could play a bigger role in midfield. It would be a controversial move, following in the footsteps of Carlos Tevez in leaving United for City, and would mean Pogba accepting lower wages than he is currently receiving.
City cannot officially approach Pogba until the end of the season, but the Guardian understand they are ready to offer the Frenchman a four-year contract, with the option of a further year.
Academy graduate Pogba, 29, will not extend his contract at Old Trafford with the club he joined from Juventus for £89m in 2016. The midfielder has struggled to get the desired impact at Manchester United, scoring 29 times in 154 league appearances over six seasons. during which he won a League Cup and a Europa League. The club offered him a new contract last summer, which was rejected, and they didn’t come back with another one.
Pogba shared an agent, before Mino Raiola’s death, with Erling Haaland who, according to the Guardian, will join City from Borussia Dortmund this summer. City will pay the striker’s release clause and the terms have been agreed with the Norwegian, whose father Alf-Inge had a spell with City at the turn of the century.
City are set to lose a central midfielder this summer, with veteran Brazilian Fernandinho announcing he will be leaving to return to Brazil to continue his playing career, leaving the squad light in that position.
It’s rare for a player of Pogba’s pedigree and commercial worth to hit the market for nothing. Few would be able to afford Pogba’s salary – he currently earns £290,000-a-week at Old Trafford – so he could find himself with few options this summer. Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be interested, while Real Madrid have tried to sign him in the past.
Pogba likely played his last game for United after limping off in their loss to Liverpool earlier this month with a calf injury.