Paul Pogba is going to find it difficult to move on from Manchester United this summer no matter how many reports in Spain try to talk up a move to Real Madrid.

Marca insist Pogba wants to leave – but United would have to take a big loss, and in this market, big bids may not arrive.

It has posed questions over whether United should choose Jack Grealish, who The Mirror claimed last month would cost £70 million.

That’s an extravagance United do not have to pay if Pogba stays, especially with Jadon Sancho viewed as a more expensive priority.

But that doesn’t mean signing Grealish is an idea without merit, if United can make it work financially.


Here is a look at two key reasons in favour of a deal even if Pogba stays…

He makes United stronger

Signing Grealish would be a show of strength from United. He would be a luxury signing, and demonstrate the club’s desire to add quality in depth.

This is needed, to take the pressure off Bruno Fernandes in attack, while Grealish is also able to play deeper, or in wide positions.

His versatility offers so much to this United squad and gives United a new creative option. Grealish will make every United player’s job easier when he plays.

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Long term solution

This is pretty key. Just because there may be no satisfactory market for Paul Pogba in 2020, does not mean there will not be in 2021.

If United take the short term view to pass on Grealish now because Pogba is staying for another year, then if the Frenchman leaves next summer, we will likely have missed out.

Grealish could be playing for a rival by then if United don’t act, and put all the eggs in the Pogba basket, again.

A move for Grealish would provide United with more insurance against Pogba’s exit, minimising impact and saving time and effort to go and buy a replacement.

In two or three years at least it’s likely Pogba will have moved on. By that point Grealish could be an integral part of United’s team.

It makes a lot of sense to try and get a deal done this summer regardless of the immediate situation with the Frenchman.

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