Replacing Mbappé With Pogba Could Make PSG Stronger

If you ask most sensible Paris Saint-Germain supporters, they would probably admit that Kylian Mbappé will leave on a free transfer next summer for Real Madrid. As difficult as that is to swallow, there could be a nice consolation prize soon after his impending departure.

Should Mbappé leave the French capital, that could make it easier for PSG to sign another France international in Paul Pogba. The Manchester United superstar is on a contract that expires at the end of the upcoming season and if the Red Devils don’t sell him during this transfer window or sign him to an extension, they will lose him on a free transfer next summer.

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According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United will have to offer Pogba a “really important contract” if they want to sign him to an extension. They also have other transfers to complete and contracts to extend, so it will be interesting to see if the two sides can come together.

Should Pogba turn down an extension this summer, he will be free to go to any team that can afford his wages next summer. Enter Paris Saint-Germain. Assuming Mbappé does leave at the end of the season, that opens up a huge hole in the wage bill that could be filled by Pogba if he changes his mind about coming to Paris.

PSG desperately needs a player of Pogba’s size and ability. Marco Verratti is the lone standout in midfield with several complementary players alongside him, but no one comes close to meeting his quality. Together, Pogba and Verratti would form one of the most technically sound midfield duos in Europe.

Ideally, PSG would pay Manchester United’s transfer fee for Pogba now. With the squad that Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, has assembled, it’s hard to imagine Les Parisiens not winning the UEFA Champions League and that might be enough to convince Mbappé to sign an extension to remain in Paris for a few more years.

Unfortunately, with so many high-earning stars on the team already and a year of lost revenue due to COVID-19, I don’t see PSG splashing the cash for Pogba right now. If you look at the business PSG has done so far this summer, they’ve signed Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, and Georginio Wijnaldum all on free transfers. Leonardo is definitely looking for quality players at discount prices.

Pogba may not have the upside of Mbappé due to his age, nor the marketing potential (see the last two covers of the FIFA video game), but on the pitch, Pogba could be the missing link to PSG’s Champions League aspirations.

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