Paul Pogba is the subject of intense transfer rumours, with both Juventus and Real Madrid linked with the player, and now Manchester United have set their sights on his potential replacement.
To some Paul Pogba is the man who Manchester United should build their whole team around and to others he’s the man making the players rot from the inside and should be sold instantly.
Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decide it’s the latter and the club can get the money they want for the World Cup winner then they’ll certainly be in need of a replacement.
According to the Independent, the Red Devils have already identified the man they want and it’s Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester City.
Tielemans has been a success at the King Power Stadium. Image: PA Images
Tielemans is likely to be available for sale this summer and has been linked with several Premier League clubs already, including the Foxes.
The 22 year old revealed on Friday that he won’t be in the south of France next season, saying, “The chance that I’m returning to Monaco is very slim.
“A lot of big clubs have been in touch with my agent – Leicester is one of them.”
Leicester’s temporary deal for the Belgian midfielder did not include a future fee clause so the race to sign him is open to anyone.
The former Anderlecht player only joined in January, played 13 league games, and scored three goals and laid on four assists for his teammates and was generally impressive.
Brendan Rodgers, who took over from Claude Puel mid way through Tielemans tenure, has spoken about wanting to sign the midfielder but Spurs have also been linked to him, along with this new United speculation.
Pogba’s time back at United has been up and down at best. Credit: PA
Pogba’s future at Old Trafford is far from certain. His form improved at the beginning of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s run as manager but it fell away again badly at the end of the season.
A return to Juventus and a move to Real Madrid have both been mooted but the Frenchman won’t come cheap.
There’s been talk of swap deals with both European giants and that seems the most likely way that he will leave Manchester this summer.
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