Man Utd transfer news: Paul Pogba driving plans nearly a year after Old Trafford exit | Football | Sport

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Man Utd transfer news: Paul Pogba driving plans nearly a year after Old Trafford exit | Football | Sport

Paul Pogba is being factored into Manchester United’s plans for the upcoming summer transfer window, according to reports. The France international left Old Trafford for Juventus nearly 12 months ago, returning to the Serie A giants for free. And the club are now hoping to raise funds, having failed to get any money for the 2018 World Cup winner last year.

Manchester United and Pogba parted ways last summer, six years after the France international had sealed a Hollywood homecoming in a blockbuster £89million deal.

And, according to the Daily Mailthe Red Devils are factoring the 29-year-old into their plans for this summer.

Last year, United didn’t get a fee for Pogba. Instead, the midfielder wound down his contract and joined Juventus for nothing.

But with the Red Devils determined to land some A-listers this summer, amid interest in the likes of Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham, they’re now hoping to fare better when it comes to getting money in return.

It’s claimed as many as 13 players may leave United this summer as they look to challenge for the league title next term.

Antony Elanga is poised to jump ship, with the Sweden international frustrated at a lack of starting opportunities this season.

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Over 12 clubs are keen on the forward, who has made just five Premier League starts and is often behind the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Antony in the club’s pecking order.

Eric Bailly will be shown the door, despite the Ivory Coast international’s loan spell at Marseille not expected to become permanent.

Club captain Harry Maguire has improved of late but, despite his upturn in form, he remains third choice centre-back – with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez ahead of him in the pecking order.

Alex Telles, Brandon Williams, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Donny van de Beek and Antony Martial’s situations remain ‘undecided’.

And Amad and Facundo Pellistri may both leave on loan, too, with both players signed during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as manager.

And three other unnamed players look set to be moved on as well.

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Regarding incomings, United want to spend big as they target a crack at the Premier League title next year – a trophy they’ve not won since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

Harry Kane is reportedly their top target, though convincing Tottenham to sell their prized asset to a Premier League rival won’t be straightforward.

Victor Osimhen and Joao Felix have also been linked amid uncertainty over their futures at Napoli and Atletico Madrid respectively.

In midfield, Jude Bellingham, Frenkie de Jong, Declan Rice, Mason Mount and James Maddison have all been linked.

And United are open to bringing in a new right-back, too, with talks held over an arrangement that would take Jeremie Frimpong to Old Trafford.

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Speaking back in February, meanwhile, Roy Keane praised Erik ten Hag for getting rid of the likes of Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“When the manager came in, United were rock bottom and we had to talk about the recruitment, but what I think was key as well was the five or six players that left,” Keane told Sky Sports.

“I’m not knocking all these players, Pogba, Mata, Matic, Jesse Lingard, lads who’d been around and knew they were leaving.

“They knew they’d be leaving and their contracts were up for most of them and I think that wasn’t helping.

“There definitely feels around the club a new energy, the new manager has put a few markers down after a bad to start to the season, and that momentum and that feel good factor is back at the club. The energy levels are different.

“I think that’s helped (Ronaldo’s departure) the manager and the club. No one wanted that to be hanging over the second half of the season and it should have been dealt with in the summer.

“That whole Ronaldo situation, he obviously wasn’t going to sit on the bench and be happy with it.

“They’ve now dealt with it and now it’s not hanging over the club anymore. But also the other five or six lads that left, Cavani another one.

“Those who were fringe players, coming off the bench, and when they were coming on they weren’t bringing anything because they felt they should have been starting.

“Those subs and fringe players have to come on and be ready, where as the fringe players last year, you just felt they were energy-sappers.”

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