The summer transfer market is closed but rumors won't stop spreading all over the soccer world. With the 2021-2022 season underway, the spotlight turns to those players whose contracts expire at the end of the season. One of them is Paul Pogba, whose future may no longer be in Manchester United.

The French international became the club's record signing in 2016 when Juventus bagged a mind-blowing €105 million. He may have struggled at the beginning, but eventually, he proved to be a key player for the Red Devils. Whether he is worth the €105m is another story.

But what we can be sure of is that Pogba is too valuable to let leave for free and even more if he was acquired for such an astonishing deal. But his renewal negotiations don't seem to be getting any easier, and Man United may already be thinking about life after Pogba.

Manchester United's target for a potential Paul Pogba departure

With the Pogba saga probably stealing all the headlines for the remainder of the season - unless he ultimately pens a new deal, Manchester United are now linked with West Ham star Declan Rice.

The defensive-minded midfielder has remarkably grown with the Hammers and the England international team, with whom he shone in the Euro 2020. According to the Manchester Evening News, the London side would demand around €117 million to sell him.

West Ham captain Declan Rice has been linked to Manchester United. (Getty)

Rice, 22, is under contract until 2024 but he is understood to be wanting a new challenge if he has the chance to do so. That includes playing Champions League soccer, something West Ham can't assure. 

By signing him, Manchester United would upgrade a crucial position, something they haven't done this year as they landed Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo. But next season, with Pogba out, Rice would be a key addition. The Hammers also know it would be wise to sell him before the contract expiration date gets closer. 

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