Pogba’s France team-mate denies tapping up Man Utd man
Presnel Kimpembe says he has not discussed a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain with Paul Pogba, but admits he he would “welcome” his international team-mate to the Parc des Princes.
Pogba himself quashed talk of a move to Paris earlier this month. The 28-year-old midfielder said he was solely focused on the Euros with France.
“I don’t have [PSG president] Nasser [Al-Khelaifi]’s number,” Pogba told RMC last week.
“My only thought, now, is the Euros. I’m focused.
“I’ve got more experience than before. I’m focused on the present, the Euros.”
The fact remains though that Pogba is entering the final 12 months of his contract next month. That will mean the former Juventus man could speak to interested foreign clubs in January over a pre-contract, free move next summer.
Talk of a move to PSG has emerged with Pogba confirming that United have not approached him about a renewal.
“I have one year left on my contract, everyone knows that,” he added
“There have been no concrete proposals for extensions. I’m still in Manchester.”
Rio Ferdinand last week admitted that international team-mates do talk over transfers while at major tournaments.
Ferdinand insisted the Man Utd players will be trying to tap up Harry Kane at Euro 2020. However, PSG defender Kimpembe says he has not done the same with Pogba.
Asked if a switch to Paris has been discussed, Kimpembe said: “I didn’t discuss it with him.
“He’s a big boy, he doesn’t need anyone to make up his mind. Any club would be happy to welcome him.
“It only depends on him, his agent and his future club.”
Pogba will be a key part of Didier Deschamps’ France plans as the World Cup holders look to repeat their Euro success of 2000.
And Kimpembe paid tribute to France’s talisman: “We know his talent as a natural leader. When we have to speak, he is not going to say govern, he does so naturally.
“He always speaks at the right times.”
Trippier transfer speculation
Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier is more interested in getting a pay rise from Atletico Madrid than moving to Manchester United, according to reports in Spain.
Trippier has emerged as a key target for Man Utd for this summer’s transfer window. They want to bring in more competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back. Trippier is seen as someone with greater attacking threat, so they could try to lure him back to England.
A member of Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020, he left English club football in 2019, when Tottenham Hotspur sold him to Atletico.
Trippier helped Atleti to the La Liga title in 2020-21 and seems relatively content in the Spanish capital. But there have been rumours that he is now hoping for a return to the Premier League with United.
However, those claims have now been disputed by Spanish source Marca, which claims the United rumours are a “tactic” for Trippier to earn more in Madrid.
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