Report: Man Utd identify £66.5m ‘successor’ for Paul Pogba, club ‘consider’ him ‘priority’

Manchester United could overhaul their midfield this summer with Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic having uncertain futures. El Nacional say Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong is a player they ‘consider’ a ‘priority’, but it remains to be seen if their pursuit is successful.

Pereira, who is currently on loan at Flamengo, is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, so a departure could be on the cards in the coming months. Van de Beek, currently on loan at Everton, is also surplus to requirements and should be placed on the transfer list when he returns to Manchester.

Matic has been short of playing time due to Fred and Scott McTominay’s form this season, so he might be upgraded by the board. Finally, Pogba could be on the move as his contract is up in the coming months and he’s not close to putting pen to paper on an extension..

United believe De Jong will be Pogba’s ‘successor’ and hope to lure him away from Barcelona. El Nacional say the 24-year-old has an asking price of €80m (£66.5m), but it’s unlikely he’ll be sold. De Jong has been a regular under Xavi this season and is putting in good performances, so it makes little sense for Barca to cash in.

The Red Devils are expected to bolster their engine room with at least one ball-playing midfielder who can also turnover possession, but De Jong might be too ambitious. He’s made 126 appearances for Barca since joining from Ajax in 2019 and has four-and-a-half-years remaining on his contract.

Summary

De Jong would be an excellent replacement for Pogba given how well he protects the ball and wins it back from the opposition, but Barcelona don’t have plans to sell him.

Why he’d leave the Catalan giants for a struggling United side is unknown too, so this story is unlikely to go anywhere.