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PSG Favourites To Sign Paul Pogba This Summer

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Paul Pogba made his return to Premier League action on February 8, scoring Manchester United’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with Burnley.

Talk has immediately turned to his contractual situation, with football betting odds suggesting Pogba could be bidding farewell to Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.

The France international is out of contract on June 30 and United appear to be no closer to tying him down to a new deal. Pogba is understandably keen to keep his options open for now, and several major clubs around Europe are no doubt considering making a move for the World Cup winner.

Let’s explore which sides are thought to be interested in Pogba and where he might end up after the summer window.

Paul Pogba Next Club Betting*

ClubOddsBet With
Paris Saint-Germain9/4Paddy Power
Real Madrid5/1Betfair
Newcastle10/1Paddy Power

*Odds correct as of February 14th, 2022

PSG Likely To Renew Interest In Paul Pogba

PSG were heavily linked with a move for Pogba last summer, but the signing of Lionel Messi scuppered their plans for the Manchester United man.

The French outfit would have been forced to sell around 10 players to finance deals for both Pogba and Messi, and they reportedly informed the midfielder they would return for him next summer.

With his contract set to expire in just over four months’ time, Pogba is in control of his situation. The absence of a transfer fee means he is likely to secure a bumper contract, which is no doubt part of the reason he has been content to let his deal in Manchester run down.

With PSG in danger of losing Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, they may be keen to bring in another Frenchman ahead of next season. Midfield has been a problem position for them of late, and while the jury is out on whether Pogba has been a success at United or not, there can be no doubting his ability.

PSG are the 9/4 favourites on the best betting apps to land the 28-year-old, who has never played professionally in his home country. This summer could be the time to change that.

Juventus Might Seek Second Spell For Pogba

The last time Pogba joined a club as a free agent, Juventus were the beneficiaries.

Frustrated at a lack of opportunities at United (best exemplified by Alex Ferguson’s decision to use a midfield duo of Park Ji-Sung and Rafael da Silva instead of Pogba in a Premier League game against last-placed Blackburn Rovers), the France international signed a four-year deal with Juventus.

In Turin Pogba went from talented prospect to world-class performer. He developed his game alongside the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in a star-studded midfield.

He also learned plenty from Antonio Conte and Max Allegri, two coaches with different visions of the game who together made Pogba a more rounded footballer.

Allegri is back in charge of Juventus these days and he could push for Pogba to be brought back to the club in the summer. There are two potential issues though, which suggest odds of 10/3 are a little too short.

First, Juventus are in danger of missing out on the Champions League, and Pogba would surely not join a club outside Europe’s foremost competition.

Second, the 28-year-old may feel he has been there and done that when it comes to the Bianconeri and, perhaps, Serie A in general.

Spanish Giants Could Consider Swoop

Real Madrid could be about to embark on another galactico-esque spending spree, with Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Pogba among the high-profile stars in their sights.

Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro continue to do the business in the engine room at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but Los Blancos could seek to freshen things up in that part of the pitch ahead of next season.

A price of 5/1 with Betfair on Madrid winning the race for Pogba’s signature therefore looks attractive.

Barcelona’s financial issues are well documented but they were still able to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adama Traore and Ferran Torres to the Camp Nou in January.

Free transfers are less problematic than deals which involve fees, although odds of 15/2 illustrate that Barcelona are outsiders in this particular transfer saga.

Newcastle Most Likely Premier League Destination For Pogba

In all probability Pogba will be plying his trade in another European league next season. But if he does opt to leave Manchester United yet stay in England, betting sites point to Newcastle as his most likely destination. Paddy Power prices that eventuality at 10/1.

The Magpies are certain to splash the cash again this summer. Which players they actually target will depend on whether or not Eddie Howe’s side avoid relegation to the Championship.

If they do stay up, we could see Newcastle explore some ambitious deals – and persuading Pogba to move to St James’ Park would be nothing if not ambitious.

If the Frenchman was younger, they might have a chance. But Pogba’s next contract is likely to be his last big one and while Newcastle might be able to meet his financial demands, they are not yet in a position to challenge for league titles and the Champions League.

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A New Deal At Manchester United?

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Pogba commits his future to United. He has clearly not been desperate to do so, otherwise the issue would have been resolved by now.

However, United are thought to have put an offer on the table and Pogba may well take it if it beats those offered by his other suitors.

Both the player and the club would have expected to have won more trophies between Pogba’s return in 2016 and the present day.

But the former Juventus man still has something to offer and United’s next manager, whoever he may be, may prefer him to be part of the squad he inherits. That is out of the Red Devils’ hands, but we cannot rule out Pogba extending his stay in the northwest of England.

About the Author

A London-based soccer specialist, Greg Lea has been featured in The Guardian and ESPN for his coverage of the Premier League, Champions League and World Cup.