Paul Pogba or Matuidi will play for Man Utd..

Manchester United line up Blaise Matuidi as Paul Pogba alternative

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Manchester United fans may be wondering why they have seen their club heavily linked with both Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi in recent days.

The two French midfielders have been working well together at Euro 2016 and would certainly come in handy to any Premier League club, but there does not appear to be room for both of them at Old Trafford without the need for a significant departure.

However, it appears as though Jose Mourinho has no plans to bring both of them to the club and has instead lined up the Paris Saint-Germain star as a fallback option should his bid for Pogba fail.


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According to Manchester Evening News, the 23-year-old is to be the subject of a £100million bid from Manchester United in the coming days. Widespread reports suggest they will offer Pogba a basic wage of £300,000-a-week and make him the focal point in Mourinho's team.

But despite the huge money on offer, there is no guarantee that the deal will go through. Firstly, Juventus have no obligation to sell and secondly, Pogba is still being tipped to move to Real Madrid.

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In fact, according to Sky Sports expert Guillem Balague, Pogba has told Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane that he would prefer a move to the Bernabeu.

He tweeted: "Real Madrid have still got a lot to say about the Pogba transfer. WHATEVER HAPPENS at the end, NOW it's by no means a foregone conclusion."


Mourinho has obviously recognised these potential pitfalls and has acted appropriately by lining up Matuidi, who himself is considered a world-class midfielder. Of course, he is not in the same league as Pogba and is six years his senior but would at least offer the "specialist" duties that Mourinho is after.

A deal for Matuidi is made easier by the fact that he is represented by Mino Raiola, who has brokered deals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan already this summer. The Italian super agent also represents Pogba but appears to have few allegiances to Manchester United when it comes to his star asset.

Matuidi is expected to leave Parc des Princes regardless after new manager Unai Emery signed Grzegorz Krychowiak from Sevilla at the weekend. Hatem Ben Arfa will also provide fresh competition while Adrien Rabiot is demanding a more prominent role in the team.


The fourth signing

Pogba remains the key target with Mourinho referring to him as the "fourth signing" in his opening Manchester United press conference. He assured journalists that work has already begun on that deal and it is no surprise to see to most intense reports over Pogba's future only days afterwards.


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