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Possible destinations for Paul Pogba

The France midfielder has been stripped of the United vice-captaincy.

Paul Pogba's long-term future at Manchester United has been cast into doubt after his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho took another turn for the worse.

The France midfielder has been stripped of the United vice-captaincy in the fall-out from his comments after the 1-1 Premier League draw against promoted Wolves at Old Trafford.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at possible destinations for Pogba should the £89million man be allowed to leave when the transfer window opens again in January.

Barcelona

Soccer – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – Second Leg – Barcelona v Arsenal – Barcelona Training – Nou Camp
Barcelona is a potential destination for Pogba (Dave Thompson/PA)

With United reported to have slapped a £200million price tag on Pogba, who returned to Old Trafford in August 2016, there are few clubs which would be able to meet such an asking price. The Nou Camp, though, is said to be the preferred destination for the World Cup winner, with agent Mino Raiola supposedly ready to get a deal done, no matter the cost.

Juventus

Soccer – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – Second Leg – Juventus v Celtic – Juventus Stadium
Pogba played for Juventus for four years (Nick Potts/PA)

Pogba left United to head to Turin in July 2012, moving on a free transfer after rejecting the offer of a contract extension – much to the dismay of then boss Sir Alex Ferguson. While the now 25-year-old remains a firm favourite with the Bianconeri, after spending big in the summer to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Mardid, another mega transfer in the next window would appear unlikely.

Real Madrid

Julen Lopetegui File Photo
Would Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui be interested in the midfielder? (Adam Davy/PA)

Los Blancos were said to be keen on a deal for Pogba before he opted to return to United two years ago. However, with Real Madrid in a process of transition under new head coach Julen Lopetegui and looking to build a squad no longer dependant on Galacticos, a potential swoop for the World Cup winner might well be on the back burner for now.

Paris St Germain

Liverpool v Paris Saint-Germain – UEFA Champions League – Group C – Anfield
Paris St German manager Thomas Tuchel might not be able to splash the cash (Peter Byrne/PA)

Taking Les Bleus inspirational midfield enforcer back to home soil would prove a big attraction for the PSG project, now moving full steam ahead under German coach Thomas Tuchel. Money would appear not to be an issue, backed by the deep pockets of owners Qatar Sports Investments. However, with UEFA continuing to look into the transfer dealings of the Ligue 1 leaders under Financial Fair Play, it remains to be whether much more significant investment will be forthcoming in January.

Bayern Munich

Soccer – UEFA Champions League – Quarter Final – Second Leg – Bayern Munich v Manchester United – Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich would make a real statement of intent if they went after Pogba (Martin Rickett/PA)

Given their continued dominance of the Bundesliga, it is not as if Bayern need to strengthen an already formidable squad, at home at least. New head coach Niko Kovac, though, is determined to make the Germans a European force once again – and a stellar January signing such as Pogba would provide a statement of intent for their Champions League ambitions in 2019.

Manchester City

Manchester City v Manchester United – Premier League – Etihad Stadium
Would the Frenchman be tempted with a switch to Sky Blue? (Nick Potts/PA)

The blue half of Manchester remains an attractive, not to mention lucrative, proposition for any player, even one so used to turning out in red – just ask Carlos Tevez. While a switch to the Etihad Stadium would perhaps be a step too far even for Raiola to push through for his flamboyant client, at least Pogba would not have to move house.

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in action during his side's Premier League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on August 19, 2018
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