Manchester City are considering signing Paul Pogba on a totally free transfer when the Frenchman's deal expires at rivals Manchester United in the summer. The Guardian understands Pogba is open to crossing the city.
Pogba is interested in working with the Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, who believes the World Cup-winner could operate in a much deeper role in midfield. It would be a controversial move, following in the steps of Carlos Tevez by leaving United for City, and would imply Pogba accepting lower incomes than he is currently on.
City can not make an official approach to Pogba until the end of the season, but the Guardian understands they are willing to offer the Frenchman a four-year contract, with the alternative of a further year.
Academy graduate Pogba, 29, will not extend his contract at Old Trafford with the club he rejoined from Juventus for ₤ 89m in 2016. The midfielder has struggled to make the wanted impact at Manchester United, scoring 29 times in 154 league appearances across six seasons throughout which he has actually won one League Cup and Europa League. The club offered him a new deal last summer, which was turned down, and they have actually not been back with another.
Pogba shared a representative, prior to Mino Raiola's death, with Erling Haaland who, the Guardian comprehends, will sign up with City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. City will pay the striker's release provision and terms have actually been agreed with the Norwegian, whose father Alf-Inge had a spell with City at the start of the century.
City are set to lose one central midfielder this summer with the veteran Brazilian Fernandinho revealing he will leave to go back to Brazil to carry on his playing profession, leaving the squad light in that position.
It is unusual a player of Pogba's pedigree and business value comes on the marketplace for nothing. Few would be able to pay for Pogba's incomes-- he is presently making a reported ₤ 290,000 a week at Old Trafford-- so he could be left with couple of option in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be interested, while Real Madrid have attempted to sign him in the past.
Pogba is most likely to have actually played his last game for United after limping off during their defeat against Liverpool earlier this month with a calf injury.