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Paul Pogba set to leave, Saul Niguez or Bruno Fernandes to replace him

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Paul Pogba has made his desire to leave the Theatre of Dreams no secret; he indeed said in an aired interview that that it might be the right time to seek a new challenge elsewhere.

Ever since then, the midfielder has consistently been linked with moves to Santiago Bernabeu and Allianz Stadium.

Even his agent Mino Raiola has confirmed the fact that his client wants a move away from Manchester United and everyone at the club from the owner to the manager is aware of the situation.

Real Madrid’s boss Zinedine Zidane has spoken about his admiration for the World Cup winner and is open to recruiting him in what has also been a summer of overhauling for the Spanish giant, having overseen the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo.

Paul’s impact at Manchester United both on the pitch and in the commercial dealings is huge, and is departure will obviously leave a hole to be filled.

This justifies the reluctance of the Glazzers family and Ed Woodward to allow him to leave. But the latest comments from his agent Mino Raiola proves that the transfer is inevitable.

Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes is said to be close to moving to Old Trafford. However, fresh reports have emerged, claiming that vice-chairman Woodward has earmarked Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, 24, as a replacement for Pogba.

Whether United will sign two creative midfielders in what has been a sluggish transfer window for them remains to be seen.

With 31 goals and 18 assists in 50 appearances (all competitions) in the 18/19 season, Bruno is one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe.

Bruno Fernandes stats for 2018/19 season
Bruno Fernandes stats for 2018/19 season

His displays in the UEFA Nations League, especially the final, has buttressed the fact that he is a top class quality.

While it has been reported that Bruno wants a move, Sporting CP’s demands may prove to be a stumbling block. The Portuguese reportedly has a £90m release clause in his current contract, but a complicated situation could see the deal being done at £31m.

However, the Portuguese club wants to make the talented 24-year-old their most expensive sale and are holding out for £55m, despite the fact that they are at risk of losing £5m to Bruno as compensation for rejecting his buy-out clause.

After the sale of Rodri to Man City for £60m, Atletico Madrid are unwilling to sanction moves for any other midfielder, and they are only going to sell Saul Niguez if they receive offers in the region of £130m.

Saul Niguez stats for 2018/19 season
Saul Niguez stats for 2018/19 season

While the addition of the Spanish midfielder is unquestionably a great upgrade to Manchester United midfield, Atletico’s demands are too high and Saul’s stats have not justified his hefty price.

He has managed just six goals and four assists in 69 La Liga appearance over the last two seasons, which is just too poor when you compare to Pogba’s contribution in the Premier League over same period of time. (65 apps, 19 goals, 19 assists)

Signing Bruno Fernandes should therefore be prioritized over the Atletico man, as he has better stats that fit the profile of a creative midfielder which Paul Pogba was.

No to mention the fact that the Portuguese is a much cheaper option too and could be an ideal replacement for Paul Pogba.


Karan is the Chief Content Officer at Limit Infinity and has been been one of the major force behind our football communities. As an ardent Chelsea fan, he regularly contributes to Chelsea Season and A biotech graduate, He loves for football, cricket, wrestling. and music. You can connect with him me Twitter and LinkedIn

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