Manchester United confirm Paul Pogba’s exit and hold preliminary talks with Barcelona over the inclusion of Frenkie de Jong | football news

Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of June, while the club has held preliminary talks with Barcelona about signing Frenkie de Jong.

A 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 £89m.

But he fought a second and upside-down spell with United, who confirmed he would not leave for nothing for a second time when his deal expires this month.

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Take a look at Pogba’s best parts of his time in the Premier League

“The club can announce that Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United at the end of June, when his contract expires,” United said at the beginning 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 contributions to Manchester United.

“We wish him all the best in the next steps on his wonderful journey.”

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Against Leeds in August 2021, Pogba became the seventh player in Premier League history to have made four goals in a single match in the competition.

Pogba scored 39 goals in 233 first-team appearances for United, who he joined for the first time from French club Le Havre in 2009.

An essential part of the 2011 Youth Cup winning team, the midfielder joined Juventus the following year and enjoyed a medal-packed time in Turin.

Pogba returned to Old Trafford in 2016 but struggled to live up to the billing, as the League Cup and Europa League victories in his first season at United proved his only trophies.

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Speaking in May 2022, Micah Richards, Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp discuss whether Pogba would be a good signing for Manchester City.

The 29-year-old – a World Cup winner with France in 2018 – is now leaving United on a free transfer for the second occasion, with a possible return to Juventus.

Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City are other clubs that have been linked with him in recent months.

Where is the next for Pogba?

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Dharmesh Sheth explains why Pogba has not signed a new contract with Manchester United and discusses his next potential destinations

Sky Sports News correspondent Darmish Sheth:

Pogba’s representatives had positive talks with Juventus last month but remained in dialogue with PSG and Real Madrid.

Sky Sports News It was said that there were offers on the table from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

It is understood that a decision on Pogba’s next club is expected “soon”, and it is expected that his last choice regarding his next step will be a “football decision”.

Sky Sports News Pogba, who is currently on vacation in Miami, was said to be in doubt for France’s Nations League matches in June as he continues to recover from a calf injury.

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 deal last summer.

At 29, this will likely be the last remaining prime years of Pogba’s career and his last big decade, so he’ll want to get it right.

Man United in talks with Barcelona instead of De Jong

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With Pogba leaving the club, Manchester United have taken a principled approach to Barcelona midfielder Frankie de Jong

With Pogba’s departure confirmed, Manchester United have held preliminary talks with Barcelona over the signing of the midfielder Frenkie de Jong. It’s a number of midfielders United are looking at.

Sky Sports News You’re told a deal isn’t close as there will be “big hurdles” to overcome – particularly player fees and will.

De Jong is a player, United manager Eric ten Hag is highly regarded. The Dutch international played under him at Ajax and was part of the team that won the 2018/19 Eredivisie title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

However, the 25-year-old, who has made 139 appearances for Barcelona, ​​is said to be reluctant to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Pogba at Manchester United: Mismanagement or mistake?

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Dan Sansom from Sky Sports:

It was a deal that caused a frenzy on social media. Stepping out of the shade with a red devil in his hair, Pogba’s Manchester United ad video in 2016 was followed by a music clip curated by Stormzy. The hype started around #POGBACK.

It was meant to be the start of something special. A new era for a club that is still struggling to get back on its feet after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson three years ago.

But Pogba was unable to inspire United to past glory. The 2017 League Cup and the Europa League are the only cups in his six-season run.

After Norwich was booed off the field and sustained a calf injury at Liverpool in April, Pogba will now leave the club for a second time. He cannot be blamed alone 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 to pounce, Sky Sports Take a look at Pogba’s second career with United.

How did it go wrong? Am I mismanaging it? Or is it Pogba who made the mistake?

Where is the next for Pogba? say your word

A selection of your best comments after Pogba’s second spell at Manchester United ended…

Oxford Solomon

Paul Pogba, not mismanagement, to blame! He did not take his chance in various positions. Perhaps he would be best suited to him at Juventus, where he was great before!

Finn

Liverpool could be a great suit for him. It would be great to watch him, Fabinho and Thiago.

David 37

There is no Pogba to thank Chelsea. We have Conor Gallagher to join the squad next season, a young English player, just as talented as Pogba but no baggage.

Chris Corkhill

Good deliverance! Pogba sums up everything that has gone wrong with the club in recent times, and will forever be associated with this era of massive achievement.

Steven

Shock management decisions about him, let Pogba go for free to Juventus, buy him again a few years later for a world record fee, and now let him go again for free again! In any other business it might be seen as appalling management, but in football nobody cares.

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