Paul Pogba is set to leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of June, while the club have held initial talks with Barcelona over Frenkie de Jong’s arrival.
United Academy graduate Pogba left Old Trafford to join Juventus as a free agent in 2012, only to return four years later for a then-world-record fee of £89million.
But he had an upside-down second spell at United that confirmed he will leave for a second time for nothing when his contract expires this month.
“The club can announce that Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United at the end of June when his contract expires,” United said at the start of a lengthy farewell statement on the club’s website.
“Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Paul on his successful career and thank him for his services to Manchester United.
“We wish him all the best as he takes the next steps on a remarkable journey.”
Pogba has scored 39 goals in 233 first-team appearances for United, who he joined from French club Le Havre in 2009.
The midfielder, who was part of the FA Youth Cup-winning side in 2011, joined Juventus the following year and enjoyed a medal-winning spell in Turin.
Pogba returned to Old Trafford in 2016 but has struggled to live up to the bill, with EFL Cup and Europa League triumphs proving to be his only silverware in his debut season with United.
The 29-year-old, who won the 2018 World Cup with France, is leaving United for the second time on a free transfer with the possibility of a return to Juventus.
Juventus, PSG, Real Madrid – where next?
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
Pogba’s representatives held positive talks with Juventus last month but remain in dialogue with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
Sky sports news has been told that offers from Juventus and PSG are on the table.
It’s understood a decision on Pogba’s next club is expected ‘soon’, with his ultimate choice likely to be a ‘football decision’.
If Pogba goes to a European club, he is unlikely to be offered more money than United were willing to pay when they offered him a new contract last summer.
At 29, this will likely be the last remaining peak years of Pogba’s career and his last major contract, so he’ll want to get it right.
Sky sports news It has been said that Pogba, who is currently on holiday in Miami, is doubtful for the French Nations League games in June as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
Man Utd in talks with Barca for De Jong
With Pogba’s departure confirmed, Manchester United have held initial talks with Barcelona over the midfielder’s arrival Frenkie deJong. He’s a line of midfielders United are eyeing.
Sky sports news was told that a deal would not go through due to “significant obstacles” to be overcome – notably a fee and the will of the player.
De Jong is a player who United manager Erik ten Hag holds in high esteem. The Netherlands international played under him at Ajax and was part of the side that won the Eredivisie title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2018/19.
However, the 25-year-old, who has made 139 appearances for Barcelona, is reportedly reluctant to leave the Nou-Camp this summer.
Pogba at Man Utd: Badly managed or a mistake?
Sky Sports’ Dan Sansom:
It was a deal that caused a social media frenzy. Pogba’s Manchester United announcement video in 2016 emerged from the shadows with a red devil in his hair, followed by a sponsored music clip starring Stormzy. The #POGBACK hype had begun.
It should be the beginning of something special. A new era for a club still struggling to gain a foothold after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement three years ago.
But Pogba failed to inspire United to earlier glory. The 2017 League Cup and Europa League are the only trophies of his six-year tenure.
After Pogba was booed off the pitch against Norwich in April and picked up a calf injury at Liverpool, Pogba will now leave the club for the second time. He cannot be blamed solely for United’s lack of success but his departure signals a disappointing end to a transfer that promised so much.
As Europe’s biggest clubs prepare for the leap, Sky Sports looks back on Pogba’s second career at United.
How could it go so wrong? Was it mismanaged? Or was it Pogba who made the mistake?
Pogba’s Man Utd exit confirmed – Have your say
A selection of your best comments after the end of Pogba’s second spell at Manchester United…
Paul Pogba, no mismanagement, it’s his fault! He didn’t take his chances in different positions. He’s probably best suited to Juventus, where he excelled before!
Liverpool could be a great suit for him. Him, Fabinho and Thiago would be great to watch.
No Pogba for Chelsea, thanks. We have Conor Gallagher coming into the squad next season, a young English player, just as talented as Pogba but with no baggage
Goodbye forever! .. Pogba embodies everything that has gone wrong with the club of late and he will forever be linked to that era of gross underperformance.
Shocking management decisions on him, letting Pogba go to Juventus for free, then buying him back a few years later for a world record fee and now letting him go for free again! In any other business it would be considered shocking management, but nobody bats an eyelid in football.
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