Paul Pogba is one of the most talked about figures in Manchester and he’s made the headlines once again recently just as the transfer window draws close to its conclusion.
Although both Manchester United and Manchester City are littered with players who are consistently writing headlines for their performances both an off the field, it’s clear that Pogba takes the crown in relation to media attention. Pogba has become a staple talking point in the British media since he returned to Old Trafford two years ago, but after finally proving himself on the big stage at the World Cup in Russia it seems that he could be set to depart the club for a new challenge.
According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Pogba has reached an agreement with Barcelona over a contract worth a whopping £89.5 million over five years. The report cites Jose Mourinho’s attitude towards him and their difficult relationship as one of his main motivations to leave the club, but the fact he is considering leaving at all proves that the tables have turned in Manchester.
The imperious domination of Pep Guardiola’s City slickers last season served to illuminate the growing gulf in class between the two clubs, but another summer in which City’s best players decide to remain at the club also hints at the harmony which exists at the Etihad Stadium. Whether the Daily Mail’s report is based on fact or fiction remains to be seen in the final hours of the transfer window, and the Red Devils faithful will certainly hoping it’s the latter.
However, it’s no coincidence that yet another summer has passed with hardly even a suggestion that any of Man City’s key players could be sold. The likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane seem almost untouchable, despite the obvious credentials these players have to slot into rival European clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and even Paris Saint-Germain.
On the other hand, United are forced to sweat over the future of one of their most exciting attacking players. Whether that is a fault of Mourinho or the club’s stuttering reputation is up for debate, but there’s no doubt that City’s dominance on the field is enabling them to strengthen the togetherness of the squad and deter potential interest from outside the club.
This can only be good news for City supporters as they move towards an incredibly promising future.
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