Manchester United are desperate to sign former youth star Paul Pogba this summer, but their hopes of winning the race for the £55million-rated midfielder is about to take a blow because of rivals Manchester City.
According to The Sun, the Etihad Stadium crowd are ready to manoeuvre themselves in front of their rivals from Old Trafford in what his club, Juventus, are expecting to be a frantic bidding war between the Premier League rivals, as well as European giants Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
To do this Manchester City are ready to let attacking midfielder Stevan Jovetic to leave as part of the deal, as the Serie A champions have been keen to bring the Montenegro international back to Italy, though do not want to meet City’s £20million asking price.
Pogba has become arguably the most wanted young player in European football and Juventus no longer have the financial might to hold off suitors from Madrid, Paris and Manchester indefinitely. Getting Jovetic as part of the deal could lighten the blow of losing one of the world’s most talented midfielders.
Old Trafford striker Robin van Persie has admitted he is not sure about his long-term future at Manchester United and admits his lack of consistency on the pitch could see him leave when his current contract expires in 2016.
The Dutchman has failed to hit the heights under countryman Louis van Gaal this season and, quoted in the Daily Mail, accepts this could cause the club to think twice about offering him an extension to his current deal. Van Persie also knows that there is little he can do to influence the club’s decision other than on the pitch.
Eight goals in 21 appearances for the Red devils this season is not a return he is happy with, nor is it enough of a return if Manchester United are realistically going to challenge for the Premier League title again.
UK based Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has claimed that in-demand young defender Aymeric Laporte would be happy with a move to Manchester United and his club are expecting an offer to come in.
Balague tweeted that Atheltic Bilbao will not accept any bid lower than the 20-year-old’s £31million buyout clause and are expecting the Old Trafford club to come forward with an offer soon. Laporte has been making waves in La Liga over the past two seasons and a big-money bid would not be surprising.
He has become an integral part of the Athletic first team and has shown remarkable poise for one so young. Composure is precisely what Louis van Gaal has been lacking at the centre of his defence and a signing there is expected. However, many would think an experienced defender would be the first option.