PAUL POGBA might have switched from red to blue this summer in a fascinating transfer tale.
Paul Pogba, a Manchester United midfielder, allegedly accepted personal terms on a transfer to Manchester City before backtracking due to fan anger in the northwest. Such a conversion would have lit up the summer window, much like Carlos Tevez’s did when he went from red to blue in 2009, but Pogba appears to be more interested in exploring other possibilities.
Pogba’s contract at Old Trafford is coming to an end this summer, after a six-year stay. Many supporters will be relieved to see him go after he failed to live up to his club-record fee, and his exit will be another slap in the face for the Red Devils, since they will receive no compensation.
In the hunt to sign the 29-year-old, City momentarily joined Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. As Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho poised to go, Pep Guardiola is expected to chase a new midfielder this summer.
The Times reports that the contract reached as far as a personal terms agreement when the parties abruptly changed their minds. Pogba reportedly believed that if the sale went through, local United supporters would make his life ‘unbearable.’
As the summer window approaches, his decision opens the door for Juventus and PSG to resume discussions. Pogba had four great years with Juventus between 2012 and 2016, but considering his outstanding accomplishments for the national team, many believe he might profit from a return to France.
Pogba returned to United for a world record £89 million in 2016, after spending three years of his formative years there. Despite some excellent periods, the good times did not persist, and he may regret spending some of his prime years under managers and with teammates that failed to bring the best out of him.