It is no secret that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have kept their eyes on Paul Pogba this transfer window. According to French reports, a deal with Manchester United for the midfielder is a clear priority for the Parisians who are willing to offer Pogba a €600,000 a week (£510,000) contract for the start of the 2022/23 season.
Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United in 2016, on a five-year contract for a then-record for highest football transfer fee at £89.3 million plus add-ons. In his five seasons at the club, the Frenchman has had many hot and cold moments. In his 137 league appearances, he has scored 28 goals and provided further 32 assists.
Since he came back from Juventus, Pogba has been the subject of transfer rumours in almost every window. Some reports linked him with the Spanish giants Real Madrid, while some even reported his desire to go back to Juventus.
But if recent reports are to be believed, the French capital side are now ahead of both the clubs to sign the midfielder and the clear favourites to sign him when his contract expires. Reports emerging via The Independent indicate that with just a year left on his contract, PSG are hoping to sign the world cup winning midfielder on a bossman next summer on a gargantuan contract.
According to the report, the Mauricio Pochettino led side are willing to ‘break the piggy bank’ in their attempt to add the Frenchman in their side. The report further states that the 28-year-old will not be allowed to join the Parisians this summer and a more likely move is set to materialise next summer when PSG are allowed to sign Pogba on a free.
The French club have already signed five players this summer, including two players for around £65m. Thus, spending upwards of £70m on one player is not viable for the 2019 Champions League runner-ups this summer.
Ligue 1 giants PSG were expected to bid for Paul Pogba this summer but instead brought in Lionel Messi from Barcelona so will have to wait another year and they hope he is willing to do so too.
In all likelihood, Paul Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain seems improbable this season, given that earlier reports indicated a £70m price tag set by the Red Devils. Having already spend around £50m on Hakimi, the French side are unlikely to spend heavily on another signing this summer and are more than happy with the additions they have already made.
In addition to the high transfer fee, Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, would also take a hefty cut to make the player switch sides.
Thus financially, the deal sounds very tough to happen this summer and unless United are able to sway Paul Pogba into signing a contract extension within the next six months, a move to PSG seems the most likely outcome come next summer.
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