Paul Pogba to Manchester City: Three reasons why it won't happen and two why it might

Paul Pogba has been linked with a move from Manchester United to Manchester City on a free transfer when the transfer window opens.

The Guardian have reported that the reigning champions are looking into a deal which would see Pogba follow in the footsteps of Carlos Tevez by crossing the divide.

Here, we have had a look at three reasons it will not happen and two why it might…

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Reported wage cut

The report says that Pogba would have to take a wage cut to move across the City.

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Is the Frenchman really willing to do that? It depends how realistic he is about his prospects.

Also, Paris Saint-Germain are named in the report as a potential destination, and they could surely offer him a megabucks contract as a free agent.

There is also a contract offer on the table from United. That does make any sense because Pogba has clearly reached the end of the road at Old Trafford, but it means he could keep earning huge money and playing in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s demands

Pep Guardiola is a hugely demanding manager, who has his teams pressing relentlessly and fighting for trophies on all fronts.

Pogba has shown no evidence of being able to do that on a consistent basis in the Premier League since returning to the club in 2016.

City might be looking into it but there are other midfielders out there who are more coachable and better suited to what they need.

The report says that they are looking to replace Fernandinho and are looking for a player who can play in a deeper role.

Pogba has never been able to do that effectively for United, and City don’t really need to bother with trying to convert him, when there will be other, younger options on the market who are a better fit.

Pogba could want a fresh start

It has not worked for Pogba in England and he may well want a fresh start in a different league.

His life is not going to get any easier if he defects to City and he seems a player who is better suited to the slower pace of play in Italy or France.

The World Cup is coming up and perhaps Pogba would not want to be dealing with such a controversial move in the lead-up to that as France look to defend their crown.

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How many other realistic options does he actually have?

Even if Pogba takes a pay cut, there are few clubs across Europe who can afford his demands and not all of them will be in for him during the summer.

PSG look the most realistic right now, and perhaps City are the only realistic contender to sign him.

If Pogba does not have many options, he might have to take what is on offer and his form this season will not have suitors beating down his door.

Prospect of silverware

It is horrible to acknowledge but there is more chance of City winning trophies than United in the short term future.

This is Pogba’s last big move and he should be looking to join a side who can challenge for the biggest club honours.

City have as good a chance as anyone on that front, and if he does not care about his United ‘legacy’ or how he is viewed by the club’s fans, then he will go there and chase silverware.

Guardiola is a top manager and if he sees something he can do with Pogba, that may well pique the Frenchman’s interest, so we will wait and see what develops…

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.