Manchester United are expecting Paul Pogba to leave the club for free once his contract expires at the end of the season.
That’s according to a recent report from ESPN, who claims interim manager Ralf Rangnick has instructed the Red Devils to up their efforts of signing a new midfielder in time for next season.
Although linked with several names, including Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and West Ham’s Declan Rice, ESPN claim another playmaker has emerged as a candidate to arrive at Old Trafford in the summer – RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku.
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With Pogba likely to leave at the end of the current campaign and the club continuing to struggle on the pitch, midfield reinforcements are likely to be high on the club’s summer agenda.
Speaking recently about the uncertainty surrounding Pogba, Rangnick (as quoted by Guardian), said: “It’s not a question if a player has an expiring contract, the question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group, how much does he still feel emotionally and physically on board.
“As long as this is the case, why shouldn’t Paul Pogba now, after two and a half months of injury, fully fit again, and he wants to show the fans of Manchester United, the board, the whole world what kind of player he can be? Even if it’s only to show enough for a new contract elsewhere, he will be highly motivated to do that and why should I then not play him?
“But there is a difference in how players deal with their current situation. If they handle that in a professional way, an ambitious way, I will play players although they have a contract expiring in the summer.”
Paul Pogba will be a free agent in the summer.
However, when it comes to Nkunku, 24 – he is understood to be wanted by a whole host of top European clubs,…