Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are looking to bolster their midfield next season with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at the top. As per the French Media, the Ligue 1 champions have drawn a five-man shortlist for midfield.
Alongside Pogba, the other names on the list are Seko Fofana, Khephren Thuram, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nicolo Barella. As per the report, the United midfielder tops the wishlist for the Parisian club despite PSG being fearful of his injury record.
The World Cup-winning Frenchman looks destined to leave Manchester United this summer with his contract expiring. Since his then-world record (89 million pounds) move to Old Trafford back in 2016 from Juventus, Pogba is yet to truly justify his mammoth price tag.
The Frenchman has struggled with injuries, inconsistency, and his off-the-pitch issues and antics have not helped him either. After spending a fortune to bring him back, Losing him for free would be a significant financial loss for Manchester United. However, at the same time, it will give them an opportunity to bring a new midfielder to build their squad around.
Paris Saint-Germain wants to improve their midfield this summer, and it seem as though they’re on the verge of landing their first recruit of the summer to help reinforce the position.
Furthermore, the Italian football journalists state that Les Parisiens has been working intensely in recent hours discussing an agreement with Pogba, with a deal for the 29-year-old would be very close.
Pogba, when he’s on his game, is one of the better midfielders on the planet. He’s someone that’s right there with Marco Verratti regarding talent level, which is something the capital club has lacked since they’ve become too reliant on the Italian.
However, there are red flags with Pogba. First, his injuries are beginning to rack up, and at 29, he’s in the final years of his prime, so the recovery process might take longer as he’s dealt with calf and hamstring injuries this season, leading to him missing 19 games.
Pogba would probably flourish in this star-studded PSG side, with the Premier League seeming to prove a bit much for him since his move from Juventus in 2016.
The 29-year-old could fare better in a less fast-paced and physically demanding league and with players like Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar alongside him at the Parc des Princes.
Still, Pogba might also have done well with the style of play Pep Guardiola at City, where he would also benefit from having better players around him, in contrast to the flops and lack of game plan that has hampered his spell at Old Trafford.