Paul Pogba met Pep Guardiola over potential summer transfer

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Paul Pogba would be leaving Manchester United on a free transfer once again, this time six years after sensationally returning to the club in 2016.

The 29-year-old has been followed by constant rumours over the last four years but after it became clear that leaving on a free transfer became an option, rumours of a move to Manchester City started surfacing.

Last month, there were suggestions that Pogba had rejected a move to the Etihad Stadium over fears that he would become a scapegoat for United fans. Now, there is further clarity on the supposed talks with Manchester City.

According to The Athletic, Pogba met with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to discuss a move across town this summer, with the Spanish manager said to be explaining in detail why he would like the Frenchman to join.

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Talks even went as far as to contract negotiations, with Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, making a contract proposal for Pogba to consider.

Ultimately, Pogba rejected the chance to join Guardiola’s side and is now believed to be on the verge of making a return to Juventus.

SN’s verdict…
Pogba’s relationship with Manchester United fans was broken long before rumours of a supposed move to City started circulating on social media but the forbidden transfer across town could have been very damaging.

Players don’t move between the Manchester clubs often and there’s a reason for it, with Carlos Tevez’s infamous switch in 2009 being the prime example.

Pogba’s six-year stay at Old Trafford has been disastrous and most fans will be delighted to see the back of him.

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