Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has stirred up Manchester United fans as he spoke to The Times saying: “Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.”
The Italian-born Dutch agent also says that the club is aware of Pogba’s intentions and his statement throws more light on the issue of the Frenchman’s absence from United’s pre-season training last week.
Pogba came off a fine individual season with the Red Devils in the Premier League. The France international finished the season with the most goals, most assists, most take-ons, most chances created, most shots on target and the most fouls won for the club.
Those stats have Real Madrid and Juventus interested in the 26-year-old midfielder. Rumors say the Los Blancos submitted a bid of €72m plus Welshman Gareth Bale and Spanish midfielder Isco. Juventus are also willing to pay about €89m to bring Pogba back to Turin.
Solskjaer could be lining up potential replacements
After securing winger Daniel James from Swansea and right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add more quality to the club’s ranks and whether Pogba stays or leaves, Solskjaer is keen on adding Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes to the team.
The 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder scored 20 goals and bagged 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season – as a midfielder. Those are astonishing numbers for a midfielder and are a very good example of why Solskjaer is keen to add Bruno to the team.
The midfielder has been likened to Frank Lampard as his incredible movement off the ball helps him to meet crosses in goalscoring positions. Bruno Fernandes would fit into the manager’s fast and vertical style of play also becoming a part of a balanced United midfield if Paul Pogba leaves as is expected.
Although not as glamorous as Bruno Fernandes, Sean Longstaff is a player who ticks all the Manchester United requirement boxes. The Newcastle player’s 2018/2019 campaign was a short spell as he played only nine times in the league for Newcastle before a ligament injury cut his campaign short.
Those nine games showed the youngster’s potential as a brilliant passer with dynamic movement. He played a key role in handing Manchester City a 2-1 defeat at St. James’ park.
It would be no surprise if the young player ends up at Old Trafford by the end of the window as a transfer for Longstaff would be a low-risk investment that makes a lot of sense for the club in the pursuit of homegrown players.