Paris Saint-Germain have made an offer to Paul Pogba as he prepares to leave Manchester United.
The terms are understood to be lower than the final package United offered Pogba in a vain attempt to convince the midfielder to stay at the club.
Pogba, 29, is open to joining PSG but is understood to prefer a return to Juventus. Real Madrid’s interest has subsided significantly since former coach Zinedine Zidane left last year.
PSG signed Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi when their contracts expired in the summer while Juventus are renowned for signing ‘free’ transfers, with Pogba one of their first high-profile coups when he ran down his first contract at United in 2012.
Pogba said last week he had not made a decision on his future. “Nothing is decided on my future, there is nothing done,” Pogba told Telefoot. “I can decide tomorrow, as I can decide during the transfer window. I want to come back, finish the season well.
“The season is not over yet, but almost because we don’t have any more titles to play for. I want to win titles, to play for something and this year and the last few years we haven’t won a title. It’s sad.”
Pogba earns £290,000-a-week at United but lifestyle choice is also critical to Pogba’s destination as his eldest son, Labile Shakur, is due to start school next year and Pogba’s wife, Zulay, works in design in Cheshire.
Dressing room sources at United say Pogba is effectively ‘gone’ as he approaches the final two months of his contract and the club has been planning for his expected departure for most of the season. United intend to sign at least one midfielder in the summer.
Pogba attempted to engineer a transfer in the summer of 2019 but United did not receive an acceptable offer for the France international. Pogba’s closest teammates felt it was in the best interests of the player and the club that Pogba be allowed to leave but the Covid-19 pandemic effectively scuppered any possible move in the last two summers.
Although Pogba has been open about his desire to leave United, teammates have respected his professionalism and Pogba remains a popular figure at the club’s Carrington training complex.
Pogba and his family have been happy living in England but their Cheshire home was burgled while their two sons were asleep in their rooms on the night of United’s Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid last month.