Manchester United is imminently selling Paul Pogba who joined them in 2016 as one of the young prospects then. Pogba, the French midfielder was the integral star who led United to Europa League victory in the same year he signed at Old Trafford.
Seemingly, the emergence of Bruno Fernandes at the club in January 2020 has made him less of a team darling. Early this year, his agent Mino Raiola said his client is almost leaving United to look for greener pastures. The Red Devils are optimistic to raise up to €65m for the French star who will turn 28 on March 15th.
United is prepared psychologically aware of his situation at the club therefore they want to get his replacement quite early to avoid late-minute rush signings. They have spotted a number of targets that they may consider replacing the world cup winner. Pogba is reputable as one of the best creative midfielders across Europe after establishing a beautiful career in Juventus, Italy. Real Madrid is one of the suitors racing for his signature.
1. Edouard Camavinga
Camavinga, 19, French midfielder is seen as a long term first-choice replacement for Pogba. The youngster has strategically placed himself in a central place for Rennes for clubs to snatch him up. He has a beautiful career for the French club that is mid-level already thanks to his services. United is facing competition from various teams including Real Madrid and Liverpool. He is worth £60m.
2. Federico Valverde
Real Madrid views Valverde as Luka Modric’s heir. Valverde who is valued at £148m has cemented his place at Madrid as one of the brightest young prospects across Europe. The Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is ready to meet his release clause to secure his signature. The 22 year old Uruguayan has already been selected to play for Uruguay national team for the Euros. That will be a perfect stage for his suitors to see him display his qualities.
3. Declan Rice
The 20 year old central midfielder is enjoying a couple of opportunities at West Ham under David Moyes. Rice was one of Chelsea’s prime targets last summer under Frank Lampard. However, since his sacking Chelsea has been less linked with the star who has already gotten over 100 premier league appearances for The Hammers. Tuchel has now focused on reuniting with Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund.
United can get his services as Moyes revealed his valuation to be around £100m. The youngster is a versatile player who can play various positions including center back, central defensive midfield, and a double pivot midfielder as a central midfielder. However, he has been deployed as a defensive midfielder mostly this season.
4. Boubakary Soumaré
The rising speculation of the exit of Nemanja Matic according to Goal.com via Sport Tv, could reignite United’s interest in Boubakary Soumare of Losc Lille. The 22-year-old France international will be out of contract in June 2022. His versatility has best suit him as a defensive midfielder as well as a central midfielder in a couple of past matches depending on match approaches.
The U-22 young prospect is valued at €27m. Nonetheless, Lille rejected Wolves £35 last summer demanding more than that. Consequently, his market value may significantly rise to above £50m. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was interested in both Bruno Fernandes and Soumare in January 2020 but prioritized on Fernandes deal instead. This could be the perfect opportunity for United to go for the star.