Will Manchester United Sell Paul Pogba This January?

Paul Pogba has entered the final year of his contract with Manchester United and it's now being reported that Paris Saint-Germain are keen to land the signature of a French midfielder who was outstanding at the 2020 European Championship. PSG are used to throwing money in order to land their targets, while Real Madrid and Juventus could also be interested parties.

Will Manchester United Sell Paul Pogba This January?
Will Manchester United Sell Paul Pogba This January?

Paul Pogba January Transfer Betting Odds*

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Manchester United1/40Unibet
Paris Saint-Germain9/1Unibet
Real Madrid20/1Unibet

*Odds up to date as of January 7th, 2022

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Manchester United finished as runners-up in the Premier League last season and after a poor start to this season, they have sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ralph Rangnick has taken the reigns at Manchester United for the time being and he will be hoping he can retain the services of Paul Pogba to get the best out of the Frenchman during the 2022 campaign.

Pogba was one of the best players at Euro 2020 despite France's relatively early exit in the competition and his performances might have alerted some of the leading clubs across Europe, with the 28-year-old never completely settled at Manchester United and also struggling to find his very best form.

Jadon Sancho has since completed his move to Old Trafford and perhaps that can persuade Pogba to be part of a big success story at the northwest club, with the midfielder entering the final year of his contract. However, Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen to secure his signature.

Back to Paris for Pogba?

Pogba was born in Lagny-sur-Marne in the eastern suburbs of Paris and he might be keen to go back home this January. The midfielder was signed from Le Havre by United while he was still a youth-teamer, so he has never played professional football in his homeland. Returning to France could turn out to be Pogba’s preferred choice this January.

PSG are one of only a handful of clubs in the world who could afford him. Pogba is certainly more attainable this January than he was in 2020, with much of the power having shifted towards the player as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his United contract.

Mauricio Pochettino will expect to be backed in the January transfer market, and midfield is no doubt an area he has earmarked for improvement. The last time PSG failed to win the Ligue 1 title, they reacted by spending £198m on Neymar and agreeing an expensive initial loan deal for Kylian Mbappe. With Lille finishing on top of the pile last season, PSG may again be preparing for a busy January – and Pogba, priced by William Hill at 9/1 for a PSG move, is likely to be among the players under consideration by Pochettino and the recruitment team above him.

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A second spell with Juventus?

Pogba has already shown he does not subscribe to the ‘never go back’ maxim, having agreed to serve a second spell at United in 2016. Were Juventus to show a serious interest in re-signing their former charge, Pogba would probably be receptive to it.

Pogba would not be returning to the winning machine he left. The France international won the Serie A title in each of his four seasons in Turin, as well as reaching a Champions League final. But Juventus will probably not win Serie A given how far off the pace they are.

Yet that could actually increase the chances of Juve acquiring Pogba. For a start, there is a realisation at the club that a major rebuild is necessary this season, and a marquee signing such as Pogba would be a significant statement of intent. According to William Hill, Pogba joining Juventus is a 14/1 chance.

Secondly, the 28-year-old might be attracted to the idea of leading a new-look side to glory. Pogba was never the main man the first time around when he played alongside Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in midfield. That would be different five years on from his departure.

Real Madrid’s Next Galactico?

Real Madrid are another major club likely to shake things up this season. The Spanish giants clearly have their financial issues, but Florentino Perez will still do his utmost to oversee a spending spree ahead of next season.

Like PSG and Juventus, Real Madrid failed to secure La Liga last term as they finished the season with 84 points, two shy of champions Atletico Madrid.

A midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro is in need of freshening up, despite each player’s undoubted quality. Chelsea ripped Madrid apart in the Champions League semi-finals, taking advantage of their opponents’ lack of dynamism and mobility in the centre of the park.

Carlo Ancelotti will want to put that right for the 2022 campaign. Moreover, Perez is said to be a huge admirer of Pogba, and his contractual situation at United should make him a little more affordable. William Hill are offering odds 20/1 that Pogba will join Real Madrid this January.

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Grass Not Greener?

Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been mentioned as potential destinations, but it is difficult to envisage either club signing Pogba. Barcelona are in even more financial disarray than Real Madrid and would probably not be able to cough up United’s asking price. Bayern, meanwhile, rarely go in for the most in-demand and high-profile players on the market. Pogba joining the German powerhouse can be backed at 33/1.

The other possible outcome, of course, is that Pogba will stay put. Rangnick seems to want to keep him around, and his agent Mino Raiola has softened his stance having previously asserted that his client had no future at Old Trafford. There is also the possibility that, amid the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no buyers for the World Cup winner, despite his obvious talent and favourable contractual situation.

Ultimately, though, United will want to tie Pogba down to a new deal rather than letting him enter his final year. If the Frenchman lets it be known that he will not put pen to paper, the Red Devils are likely to cash in on one of their prized assets. They will hope that a bidding war, perhaps involving each of PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus, subsequently breaks out.