Paul Pogba has laid bare his desire to leave Manchester United amid reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid and Juventus.
Since returning to Manchester United from Juventus about three years ago, the French midfielder has continuously headlined several media wave.
He has polarised opinion about him among the fan base of United following his inconsistency on the pitch but he is high on the radar of some big clubs in Europe.
Real Madrid are currently on a spending spree and they have been heavily linked with a move for the World Cup winner. Meanwhile, Juventus have bolstered their squad but they are already anticipating the signing of the French gaffer.
And now, while in Tokyo for a promotion trip with adidas, he was quizzed about his future and he said:
“Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well,” Pogba, 26, told reporters in Tokyo.
“For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.
“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
“I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
Pogba experienced a dip in form during the reign of Jose Mourinho and he was constantly at loggerhead with the Portuguese manager. However, he earned rave reviews when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the team.
He was named in the PFA team of year for last season and since rejoining United, the World Cup winner has scored 24 goals in 92 appearances for the Red Devils.
Manchester United Tipped To Sign Midfielder Who Has Six Goals In Three Matches
Manchester United have been backed by Newcastle manager Steve Bruce to sign Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn in January.
According Bruce in his pre-match conference ahead of Newcastle’s trip to the Villa Park Stadium, McGinn is a ‘smashing lad’ who has all it takes to feature for one of the best clubs in the League.
The manager praised the midfielder for his determination to do well and he believes the Red Devils won’t regret bringing him to the Theatre of Dreams.
Despite Steve Bruce’s praise for the Scottish who has scored six goals in the last three international matches, it is very unlikely to see Solskjaer complete a £50m move for his services this winter
Aston Villa are willing to keep hold of the talented Scotland international; Hence, they have slammed a huge £50m price tag on his services in order to prevent interested suitors from snatching him off their grip.
In other Manchester United news, England international Marcus Rashford has revealed his happiness under Solskjaer’s tutelage and he wants the Norwegian to remain at Old Trafford.
Reports have it that former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could be the next manager at Old Trafford if Solskjaer fail to maintain his team’s recent form but the centre-forward has advised the Glazers to keep Solskjaer beyond this campaign.
19-goal Striker Turn Down United’s Transfer Bid Ahead Of January Window
Manchester United are linked with a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson ahead of the upcoming January transfer window but the player has revealed his desire to remain with the Cherries.
The Red Devils are currently enjoying a new lease of life at Old Trafford but Solskjaer isn’t carried away by the newly found fortune as he is keen on adding more players to his squad.
Having scored 14 goals throughout last season and five goals this season, Wilson has emerged as one of the strikers in Solskjaer’s transfer wish-list but the Englishman has reportedly turned down the chance to work with the Norwegian this next year.
According to The Mirror, Wilson is only focused on helping Bournemouth finish the season in a favorable position on the League table.
The media outlet revealed that the player is not thinking about reports linking him to the Theatre of Dreams as he recently renewed his contract with Eddie Howe’s side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now turn his attention towards other strikers who are also included in his transfer wish-list.
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, RB Leipzig’s star Timo Werner, RB Salzburg’s youngster Erling Haaland and Lille’s in-form youngster Victor Osimhen have all attracted the Norwegian’s attention following their bright start to the season.
Arsenal to contend with Man United over signing of quality defender
Manchester United are expected to be in contention for Juventus defender Merih Demiral when the transfer window reopens in January.
Though the Red Devils upgraded their defensive unit when the captured Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bisaka’s services prior to the start of the season, they haven’t been too solid at the back of the pitch.
The Premier League giants have 12 conceded goals, and Solskjaer is set to make some changes to the list of defenders at his disposal.
According to Italian media Tuttosport (via Football-Italia), the Norwegian tactician has set his eyes on the Turkish defender with a view of luring him to the Theatre of Dreams in the winter.
However, Solskjaer will need to contend with Arsenal manager Unai Emery in the race for the 20-year-old. It is believed that the Gunners manager is impressed with the report he got from his scouts who monitored the youngster’s performance against Iceland on Thursday.
The under-fire Arsenal manager has seen his defenders conceded 17 goals in 12 Premier League matches this season, a record which has led to fans displeasure.
The Spaniard is equally linked with a move for Demiral’s services as part of his plans to improve his defence in the second half of the campaign.
The same source further revealed that Serie A side AC Milan are equally keeping a close tab on the player’s situation under Maurizio Sarri, and they hope to beat the two Premier League giants to his services.
Demiral is finding regular game-time too hard to get under Sarri who prefers Leonardo Bonucci, Danielle Rugani and Matthijs de Ligt.