MANCHESTER UNITED’S departing star Paul Pogba could be tempted to join rivals Manchester City.
That is according to United legend Dimitar Berbatov, who believes Pogba may be keen to link up with City manager Pep Guardiola.
The midfielder’s contract expires in June and he appears to have played his last ever match with the Red Devils after hobbling off with a calf injury at Liverpool last month.
It seems there is no intention from either side to extend the France international’s disappointing six-year stint at Old Trafford.
City have asked to be kept informed on the 29-year-old’s situation in the coming weeks as they are looking for a replacement for Fernandinho, who will leave the Etihad at the end of the season.
Berbatov told Betfair: “I have read the latest rumours about Paul Pogba, his contract is expiring in the summer and he is free to contact and speak to whoever.
“He should have done better at United, most of the time he had some injuries, his talent is immense but it didn’t quite work out. He had more downs than up at United, which is a pity because he is a great, great talent.
“A United player going to City has happened before, like my former teammate Carlos Tevez, and it will be no surprise if it happens again.
“We will have to wait and see if Pogba makes the switch across town, but that temptation of working with Guardiola will be big for players and that will be a big factor if he is thinking about a move like this. Also, playing with a different team with new challenges will appeal to him.
“If he does go to City it will be a big challenge for him, staying in Manchester but playing for a rival, that can bring some heat, jealousy and all these kinds of feelings.
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“In the last games and the last few months, not everybody has been happy with Pogba playing for United and some of the fans have been voicing their opinions, so maybe so fans won’t be disappointed to see him leave.
“Fernandinho is set to leave City and they are looking for someone to replace him, Guardiola is there, they have great players in the team and playing for City means a great chance of winning the Premier League.
“The most important thing in this situation is what [Erik] Ten Hag thinks, maybe Pogba has already spoken to him. It won’t be a major surprise to see him going to City, it’s happened in the past and I’m sure it will happen again.”