Manchester United are toying with the idea of a swap deal of Pogba for Neymar.
Reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain has approached Man Utd with a swap deal, Neymar for Pogba.
We have seen Ed Woodward bring big names to Manchester United since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, such as Falcao, Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Di Maria, Schweinsteiger and most recently Alexis Sanchez.
With Paul Pogba admitting to wanting to seek a new challenge away from Man Utd during his tour in Japan, it is clear that the best course of action for both the Red Devils and the Frenchman is for them to part ways.
However, Pogba’s price is circulating at around £150million, a price not many are willing to pay. With Manchester United’s pre-season only two weeks away, selling him and replacing him will cost time which is currently crucial to Solskjaer’s rebuild. Therefore, a swap deal for another player may be the most efficient route, and there would be no better financial deal for Manchester United than to swap Pogba for the world’s most expensive player; Neymar, who cost PSG €222million to bring him in from Barcelona.
Regardless of your opinion on Pogba, he is pivotal to Manchester United. Without mentioning shirt sales, the Frenchman’s impact on the pitch will not easily be replaced. Pogba was entrusted with playing a role in 47 games for the reds in the 18/19 season, scoring 16 goals and gaining 11 assists. Last season, Pogba completed 60 dribbles, more than any other central midfielder, which truly demonstrates what impact he has in the middle of the park.
With concerns to Neymar, the Brazilian superstar, he is desperate to leave his club also. According to Catalan newspaper Sport, Neymar has agreed to a move back to Barcelona and he has accepted that there would be a 50% wage cut. But that isn’t the end of this story, as Barcelona would have to fork out a huge sum of money for Neymar, as well as Neymar having to drop a €26million court case with his former club.
Sport insist that Neymar’s push for a move is not money motivated but is for him to ‘restore his reputation as one of the best players in the world‘.
If Barcelona can’t afford Neymar, perhaps he would take a wage cut to join Manchester United, as the Brazilian appears desperate to get out of PSG, as Pogba seems desperate to leave United.
Neymar could slot in any of the front three roles at Manchester United and would undoubtedly add goals to the team. But would he fit in with the culture Solskjaer is trying to adopt in his new squad?
Paul Pogba would feel at home back in France, playing for his country’s best club, bolstering the midfield as rumours of Rabiot’s departure continue.
Who would get the best out of this deal?…