Where next for Paul Pogba? PSG, Real Madrid, Juventus…

Just when you thought Paul Pogba was starting to settle into life at Manchester United now Ronaldo is playing alongside him, Barcelona start looking for some cash down the back of the sofa.

Pogba's default mode at Manchester United is unsettled but, with just 12 months left on his contract, he is still set to be one of the big summer moves of 2022.

Now Manchester United are reportedly starting to line up his replacement, according to our friends at Teamtalk. So much for that new deal then.

Meanwhile the ever ambitious, but cashed strapped Barcelona are reportedly making a beeline for Pogba, Erling Haaland and Dani Olmo. Where they are finding the cash for this is anyone's guess.

So what is exactly going on now? Planet Sport looks at his most likely destinations - if his time at United is really up.

Staying at Manchester United

Over the summer the Red Devils bolstered their ranks with the addition of winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Pogba's international team-mate Raphael Varane and some bloke called Ronaldo...you might have heard of him.

The new signings have certainly appeared to inspire Pobga to knuckle down and start performing, and maybe the club is starting to get a regular tune out of him.

Pogba started just 21 games for United last season, failing to register a goal involvement until January and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had consistently struggled to get him to reach the peak of his ability.

But this season he has already claimed seven assists in just five Premier League games, and appears to be firing on all cylinders.

Were Pogba to stay at United, he would need to sign an improved contract to prevent the club losing him on a free next summer.

Paris Saint-Germain

Touted as the most likely destination for Pogba, PSG have never been shy in admitting their interest in the Manchester United man.

They have also made no secret of wanting to win the Champions League and the signings of Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Gini Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi are a real statement of intent.

PSG don't lack the funds to get the deal over the line. However, the French club's £43million valuation falls some way short of the £60-£70million thought to be enough to secure the midfielder's signature.

Back in 2018, Pogba revealed that he would not be interested in a move to Paris given that he and his family grew up as Marseille fans.

It has not been forgotten by PSG fans who unveiled a banner saying: "Pogba you should listen to your mother, she doesn't want you here. Neither do we!"

Nevertheless, PSG were favourites to land Pogba in the last transfer window, until a certain Lionel Messi decided he likes croissant for his breakfast. Not that I can see Messi ever eating a croissant.

Juventus

Pogba has already left a club only to rejoin them later in his career, so maybe he could do it again?

Pogba certainly enjoyed his four-year stay in Italy, winning the Serie A title during every campaign as well as both the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana twice.

The fruitful period elevated Pogba to world-class status and earned him his move back to Manchester United.

However, while a Pogba return has been described as a "dream move" by those connected with the Old Lady, but the finances could be an issue.

Real Madrid

Links between Paul Pogba and Real Madrid have persisted for a couple of years.

Pogba certainly fits the 'Galacticos' bill, boasting a superb CV in terms of trophies and success with both club and country.

With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric entering veteran status, Pogba, despite being in his late 20s, would bring fresh energy and legs to the midfield department.

In the prime of his career, the Spanish soccer culture would certainly suit his languid style.

But with the Covid pandemic biting hard on clubs' finances, Real Madrid look another team for whom Pogba's fee and wages may just prove beyond them.

Barcelona

When it comes to finances, Barcelona's appear more complicated than most.

As the Messi departure revealed Barcelona currently on their knees financially, and there is thought to be nothing left in coffers to fund incomings.

However, that's not stopped Barcelona sniffing about and showing the rest of the world they are still all about the big signings.

Pogba's brother Mathias has hinted that signing for Barcelona could be a possibility given their style of play - their short passing and slow tempo could help Pogba thrive.

But will there be anyone left there to pass it to next summer. I supposed the groundsman could get a game.

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