Manchester United reportedly agree a deal for Paul Pogba’s replacement

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According to the newly emerged reports, Manchester United have agreed on a deal for Paul Pogba’s replacement ahead of the summer transfer window.

Over the years, Manchester United devotees have witnessed many frustrating scenarios, especially while making deals in the transfer market. From making unwanted acquisitions to handing players’ incongruous wages, United’s recruitment policies have seen a major decline in their recent history.

And United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has often found himself being scapegoated at the hands of the fans and the media for somehow relevant reasons.

Ed Woodward, who once was the man-in-charge of handling United’s all transfer dealings and wage-bills, would reportedly no longer be involved with any decision regarding United’s upcoming recruitments and players’ wages.

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So, a question might have appeared to your mind who would oversee United’s all dealings from now on? Unless United hire a technical director, club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be in charge of managing transfers and conducting a healthy wage-bill.

Besides making some notable improvements in United’s style of play of late, Solskjaer has done great in order to reconstruct a healthy wage-bill, which was an absolute mess before Solskjaer took over United’s job.

If the reports surrounding the Mancunian club are believed to be true, United are currently at the risk of losing one of the most admired talents of their squad. Yes, we are talking about Paul Pogba. The 27-year-old has been linked with a summer exit from Old Trafford, with Real Madrid and Juventus seemingly interested in acquiring his services.

However, according to Spanish outlet Todofichajes, Manchester United have agreed on a deal with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid for their superstar midfielder Saul Niguez. The 25-year-old is touted as one of the best midfielders the world currently has in its ranks.

For Atletico Madrid, Niguez has made 37 apprentices across all completions this term, having garnered 4 goals while running the midfield for Los Rojiblancos.

While there is no doubt that Saul Niguez would be a perfect replacement for the Frenchman, several reports from Spain suggest that the deal could see Atleti earn only £42 million amidst the coronavirus crisis.

It’s understood that Saul Niguez has a release clause of €150 million (£131m) in his contract which will probably reduce to €80M (£70m) owing to the shortage of money faced by the clubs following the ongoing global pandemic.

Another interesting matter you may not be aware of is an association called  Quality Football, led by Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes and former United CEO Peter Kenyon, owns 40% of Saul’s contract.

As per the reports, Atletico Madrid would have to give that association 40% of any bid that includes Saul Niguez’s departure from the Spanish capital. Should they reject or grant the bid of £70m, they have to hand Mendes and Kenyon 40% of that amount which is believed to be something around £28 million.

Besides Todofichajes, reliable Spanish outlet AS also confirm the complexity of Saul’s contract, adding more reliability to the news of Saul’s possible arrival at Old Trafford in the upcoming summer transfer window. The deal is expected to be announced officially by the end of the current season.

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Do you think Saul Niguez could be a perfect replacement for Paul Pogba?