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Man City ‘exploring option’ of signing Paul Pogba on a free transfer

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Manchester City looking into Paul Pogba signing.

Man City are ‘exploring the option’  of signing Paul Pogba, when the Frenchman’s contract with arch-rivals Manchester United expires this summer.

Pogba looks certain to leave the Old Trafford club for the second time in his career, when his deal expires at the end of June.

Paul Pogba could fill void at Man City.

With clubs across Europe considering taking a punt on a player with obvious talent, Man United’s neighbours have now emerged as contenders for his signature.

The Daily Mail states that ‘City are exploring the option of signing Pogba from their arch-rivals ahead of next season,’ while it is thought that the 29-year-old could fill the central midfield void left by the departing Fernandinho this summer.

Under current transfer rules, City cannot make an approach for Pogba until the season is finished, unlike overseas clubs who have been allowed to speak with him since January.

A coup for Man City?

One advantage for the club though could be their ability to pay the World Cup winner’s astronomical wages, though to be in the region of £290,000 per week.

While snatching Pogba from their arch-rivals would be seen by some as a coup for City, there are plenty of Man United fans who would view the move with apathy rather than anger.

Since returning to the club from Juventus in 2016, the academy graduate has only shown flashes of his brilliance, while it could be argued that he has underperformed overall over the past six years – although that is an accusation that can be levelled at the club as well as the player.

Pogba’s first season back at Old Trafford saw the club win the EFL Cup and the Europa League under Jose Mourinho, with the midfielder scoring the opening goal in the final of the latter, in a 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm.

While some decent spells of form followed, that would be the last of the trophies Pogba would help bring to Old Trafford and with Erik ten Hag coming in as manager, now might be the right time to cut ties for all parties.

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