Manchester United wonderkid Paul Pogba edged closer to a summer departure from Old Trafford after both AC and Inter Milan tabled bids for the talented youngster, according to Goal.com.
Pogba has been marked out as one of the brightest young talents in United’s youth system since joining the club from Le Havre in 2009, but has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the North-West this season.
Now according to the website, both Italian giants have made “stunning” offers for Pogba, with talks over a possible deal said to be imminent.
Pogba is said to be desperate for first team action having made little progress towards regular football at Old Trafford in his three years at the club, and has made just three appearances for the Red Devils this season, all in the Carling Cup.
He is now free to discuss terms with European clubs, who would not have to pay a transfer fee for his services, because his current deal expires in the summer.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is continuing his efforts to keep Pogba at the club after urging the 18-year-old to sign a new deal, while accusing his agent of turning his head to more lucrative deals abroad.
Ferguson is likely to be particularly aggrieved with the involvement of Italian super-agent Mino Raiola, who has been acting as an advisor to Pogba and also has ties with both Italian clubs having garnered a reputation for securing lucrative contracts for his clients in his homeland.
Raiola is believed to have met Inter directors at the club’s training centre, Appiano Gentile, on December 14 to talk about potential signings, with Pogba likely to been the focus of their discussions.
Manchester United are hoping to fight off any interest in the talented youngster from overseas as well as on home soil, with both Arsenal and Manchester City likely to be monitoring developments.
The reigning Premier League champions expect to hold further talks with Pogba’s representatives soon in a bid to tie him down with a new deal, but claims by Ferguson that United have an option to extend his current deal by an extra year have been refuted by sources close to the player.