Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of June, while the club have held initial talks with Barcelona over signing Frenkie de Jong.
Pogba, a United Academy graduate, left Old Trafford to join Juventus as a free agent in 2012, only to return four years later for a record fee of £89m.
But he had a second upside spell with United, who confirmed he would leave for nothing for the second time when his contract expires this month.
“The club can announce that Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United at the end of June when his contract expires,” United said at the start of a lengthy farewell statement on the club’s website.
“Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Paul on his brilliant career and thank him for his contribution to Manchester United.
“We wish him all the best for the next steps of a remarkable journey.”
Pogba has scored 39 goals in 233 first-team appearances for United, who he joined for the first time since French club Le Havre in 2009.
A key part of the triumphant FA Youth Cup side in 2011, the midfielder joined Juventus the following year and enjoyed a medal-rich spell in Turin.
Pogba returned to Old Trafford in 2016 but struggled to live up to the billing, with EFL Cup and Europa League triumphs in his debut United campaign proving to be his only silverware.
The 29-year-old – a World Cup winner with France in 2018 – is now leaving United on a free transfer for the second time, with a return to Juventus potentially on the cards.
Juventus, PSG, Real Madrid – what next?
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
Pogba’s representatives held positive talks with Juventus last month but remain in dialogue with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
Sky Sports News was informed that there are offers on the table from Juventus and PSG.
It is understood that a decision on Pogba’s next club is expected ‘soon’ with his final choice set to be a ‘footballing decision’.
If Pogba goes to a European club, he is unlikely to be offered more money than United were willing to pay when they offered him a new contract last summer.
At 29, these will likely be the last peak years of Pogba’s career and his last big deal, so he’ll want to get it right.
Sky Sports News It has been said that Pogba, currently on holiday in Miami, is a doubt for France’s Nations League games in June as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
Man Utd hold talks with Barca over De Jong
With Pogba’s departure confirmed, Manchester United have held initial talks with Barcelona over signing the midfielder Frankie de Jong. There are a number of midfielders that United are watching.
Sky Sports News have been told a deal is not being done as there would be ‘significant hurdles’ to overcome – including fees and the player’s will.
De Jong is a player, United manager Erik ten Hag is highly regarded. The Dutch international played under him at Ajax and was part of the team that won the 2018/19 Eredivisie title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.
However, the 25-year-old, who has made 139 appearances for Barcelona, is said to be reluctant to leave Camp Nou this summer.
Pogba at Man Utd: mismanagement or mistake?
Sky Sports’ Dan Sansom:
It’s a deal that has caused a frenzy on social media. Coming out of the shadows with a scarred red devil in his hair, Pogba’s Manchester United announcement video in 2016 was followed by a sponsored music video featuring Stormzy. The #POGBACK hype had begun.
It was supposed to be the start of something special. A new era for a club which is still struggling to find its feet after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson three years earlier.
But Pogba was unable to inspire United to former glories. The 2017 League Cup and the Europa League are the only trophies of his six seasons.
After being booed off the pitch against Norwich and a calf injury at Liverpool in April, Pogba will now leave the club for the second time. He cannot be blamed solely for United’s lack of success, but his departure signals a disappointing end to a transfer that held so much promise.
As Europe’s biggest clubs prepare to pounce, sky sports look at Pogba’s second career at United.
How did it go so bad? Was it mismanaged? Or did Pogba make the mistake?
Pogba’s Man Utd exit confirmed
A selection of your best comments after the end of Pogba’s second spell at Manchester United…
Paul Pogba, not bad management, he is to blame! He did not try his luck in various positions. Probably he will be best suited at Juventus where he was superb before!
Liverpool could be a perfect fit for him. Him, Fabinho and Thiago would be great to watch.
No Pogba for Chelsea thank you. We have Conor Gallagher to come into the team next season, young English player, just as talented as Pogba but no baggage
Good riddance! .. Pogba epitomizes everything that has gone wrong with the club of late, and he will forever be associated with that era of gross underperformance.
Shocking managerial decisions on him let Pogba go for free to Juventus, then bought him out a few years later for a world record fee and now let him go for another free! In any other business, that would be considered shocking management, but in football no one bats an eyelid.
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