Manchester United identify two midfielders as possible Pogba replacements – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Manchester United have identified Tanguy Ndombele and Franck Kessie as possible replacements for Paul Pogba, according to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato.
Pogba rejoined Man Utd back in 2016 for a then-world record fee of around £89 million. Since then, he has played in 205 matches in all competitions, which helped the club to win a League Cup, and a Europa League.
Since his return, the Frenchman has been a controversial figure at Old Trafford. He is unquestionably talented and can be a match-winner in his day.
His commitment and attitude have been questioned. Agent Mino Raiola often suggested to media that his client would prefer being elsewhere.
The contract he has with Mino Raiola, 28, is still valid for less than one year. Recent reports suggest that he may be looking to renew his contract, but nothing has been finalized.
He may be available for free next summer, which could spark interest from a number top European clubs. Real Madrid and Juventus are all linked with moves for the World Cup champion.
According to Calciomercato, the Red Devils are seeking replacements should Pogba leave at the end of the season. The source names Tottenham Hotspur’s Tanguy Ndombele and AC Milan’s Franck Kessie as targets.
Ndombele is in a similar situation to Pogba. His ability to play is obvious and he can be an asset when playing.
He has been questioned about his attitude. According to reports, he has had disputes with all four Spurs managers he worked under. He also had a rift with Jose Mourinho during Jose Mourinho’s reign.
The former Lyon man seemed set to leave the club during the last transfer window. However, no buyer was found. Nuno Espirito Sante has reintegrated him into the starting XI. It is unknown if he will continue to live in north London.
Kessie is a key player in the Rossoneri side during the four seasons since his move to Atalanta. The Ivorian has played at the San Siro 187 times, scoring 30 goals.
AC Milan will want to retain their best players in order to climb to the top of Serie A after a decade. They finished second last season, 12 behind arch-rivals Inter Milan.