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PSG Might Target This Manchester United Star If Mbappe Leaves: Should Solskjaer Let Him Go?

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Pratik Das
The youngest member of The 4th Official and an ardent Premier League fan who is basically obsessed with scouting young talents and is consumed by the idea of finding the perfect number 10.

Recent reports from ESPN suggest that Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain can make an offer for Paul Pogba in the final days of the ongoing transfer window if Kylian Mbappe leaves for Real Madrid.

‘Sources at United have told ESPN that if PSG agree to let the forward go, who has a year left on his contract, leave they could look to make an offer for Paul Pogba.’

The Frenchman’s £300,000-a-week contract is set to expire in June 2022, but Manchester United seem relaxed about the entire situation. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer definitely wants the 28-year-old to stay at Old Trafford, but Pogba is in no hurry to put pen to paper.

“Paul has come in, bright with his own personality, he’s worked hard over the summer. He’s lean and he’s enjoying himself.” – The Norwegian coach revealed a couple of weeks ago.

“We’ve seen that Paul wants to contribute. Of course you [reporters] don’t see him in the dressing room or in training, but he’s really determined and he shows his winning mentality and I’m very impressed with him.

“That’s gonna be the question every week now until he does [sign a new contract].

“As I’ve said all the time, Paul is a top player, the talks are between the club and his representatives, I’m not involved in that but he knows how much I care about him and that we want him to play well for us.”

PSG Might Target Paul Pogba If Mbappe Leaves (Paul Pogba can be seen in the picture)
Southampton, England, 22nd August 2021. Paul Pogba of Manchester United, ManU shoot during the Premier League match at St Mary s Stadium, Southampton. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK SPI-1141-0027

Should Solskjaer Let Him Go?

With 5 assists in two matches, Paul Pogba has started the 2021/22 Premier league season in a brilliant fashion, and it would be an understatement to say that Solskjaer will need consistent performances from the Frenchman over the course of the season if he wishes to win major silverware.

Paul Pogba finds himself in an absolute win-win situation at the moment. His decisions will be hugely influenced by United’s trophy count at the end of the season. If Solskjaer fails to deliver on that front, he might opt to move on a free transfer next summer – be it Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid. A third possibility where he pens down a new bumper contract with United next year is equally possible.

However, if he decides to leave by August 31st, the club would receive a significant amount of funds which might further help them sign Kieran Tripper and a defensive midfielder – possibly Eduardo Camavinga.

Irrespective of the future scenario, one thing is for certain – No amount of money will be able to replace Pogba’s astonishing talents.

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