Following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer earlier this summer, Liverpool would seem to need to bring in a midfielder capable of taking on at least a few of the cerebral Dutchman’s 5,000 minutes.
Meanwhile, down the M62 in Manchester, United star Paul Pogba is heading into to the final year of his contract and is expected to leave the Red Devils on a free next summer as he has shown no signs of extending his stay at that club.
Could there perhaps be some magical solution to both clubs’ midfield headaches? A way to get Liverpool the kind of player they crave and for United to make back some of the £90M they paid to bring Pogba back from Juventus in 2016?
According to Le10Sport—claiming an exclusive—there might be, with Liverpool said to be abuzz after being offered the chance to sign Pogba by agent Mino Raiola. It’s not going to happen, but an idea so preposterous is worth a chuckle.
Now, to be fair to Le10Sport, offering Pogba to historic rivals Liverpool is the sort of thing Raiola would happily do in an instant if he thought it would make him a bit of money, but surely even he is aware of the history between the clubs.
Given there’s no viable price—which is to say no price short of crippling for Liverpool—that United would even consider selling Pogba to them, it would rather be a waste of everyone’s time for Raiola to come to them with such an idea.
And if the idea was brought to the Reds, there would be no serious consideration of it as a viable option. Meanwhile for Raiola, the only real benefit of floating Liverpool’s name is that it would potentially serve as a something of a threat.
Pogba is, after all, heading into his final year at United and if he isn’t sold, next year will see every possibility open up. Still, for as good a player as he clearly is, at that point Pogba will be 29 years old and still have Mino Raiola as his agent.