Manchester United star Paul Pogba is closing in on a move to Real Madrid, it has been claimed.
According to AS(via Talksport), the Frenchman has agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants and is reportedly willing to leave Old Trafford in the upcoming summer transfer window.
This could be a huge blow for Manchester United, who have often appeared over-reliant on the services of the former Juventus star this season.
In this article, we will discuss three players the Red Devils could target, should Pogba end up leaving the club in the summer.
PSG superstar Adrien Rabiot could prove to be a tailor-made replacement for someone like Pogba, thanks to his remarkable distribution along with his tackling prowess that makes him a real standout figure in midfield.
The Frenchman is adept at circulating possession and bringing the more creative forces into the play, which could be suitable for the attacking brand of football Manchester United have tried to implement under Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
Rabiot could also be much easier to sign, with the midfielder already rejecting a contract extension offer from PSG earlier this season, meaning he is likely to leave the club on a free transfer this summer.
However, United will face stiff competition for his services, particularly from their league rivals in Arsenal and Liverpool.
Olympique Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been one of the standout performers in the French Ligue 1 this season, thanks to his consistent performances in the middle of the park.
The 22-year-old has impressed the onlookers with his all-round gameplay as he has not only instilled stability into the Lyon defence but his ability to voyage forward has helped Lyon become more expressive in the final third.
This could be beneficial for a United side, who have struggled in making the transition from midfield to attack throughout the course of this season.
In addition, Ndombele’s physicality would sit well with the robust nature of the Premier League, thus making him a handy option for Ole next season.
Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes is perhaps the most interesting option on this list, largely because of his attack-minded nature.
In fact, Fernandes is the highest scoring midfielder in Europe this season, having bagged 28 goals in all competitions whilst mustering 15 assists.
This could be useful for United, who have lacked proper goalscoring options while their creative attackers have also failed to find the back of the net on a consistent basis.
The addition of Fernandes, therefore, will not only revamp United’s creative department but also help United become more productive in front of goal.
But, the Red Devils will have to challenge their cross-town rivals Manchester City if they are to secure the services of this Portuguese star, who is destined for a big-money move in the summer.