It was an up and down weekend for Manchester United, after the team took a big advantage in their Europa League semifinal leg 1 against Roma (6-2), resigned Edinson Cavani, and then suffered fan protest inside Old Trafford, which forced their match with Liverpool to be postponed. Now the new week starts off with news that Paul Pogba has not committed his future to the Red Devils and the club may be forced to look elsewhere.
According to the Mirror in England, the French World Cup winner’s agent will meet with Manchester United executives to negotiate a contract extension, the offer is set to be an estimated £400,000-per-week contract, but if Pogba turns down the offer the heads at ManU would try to sell the 28-year-old midfielder rather than have him leave on a free transfer next season.
Nonetheless the report indicates that Manchester United have a list of three players to replace Paul Pogba if he does not resign with the club and is sold in the summer. Here are the three names on Manchester United’s shortlist to replace Pogba.
The 22-year-old from West Ham United has been capped 19 times by England, and has over 100 appearances for West Ham. Considered by many to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, Rice would cost Manchester United an over the top £100 million transfer fee.
Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi is 24 years old and is at Leicester City, where he has played over 120 games for the Foxes. Ndidi could also be a cheaper buy than Rice and that could push his signing past the finish line.
United's third option comes from Spain and it is Saul Niguez who is currently at Atletico Madrid. At 26, Niguez has been a mainstay at Atletico since 2012, and has been capped 19 times by Spain.
Ndidi and Niguez are said to be the two most affordable options for Manchester United, although Pogba has found a home in Manchester and is one of the teams’ leaders, it would be shocking if he was to move on.