Newcastle United have been tentatively linked with a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
It’s the type of rumour you find hard to believe. But that doesn’t stop a story going round the media.
It was claimed by the Sun last month that Newcastle are one of the clubs looking to sign Pogba on a free this summer. His contract at Old Trafford is set to expire, and it’s been widely reported that he will not be extending his stay in Manchester.
Of course, talk of a move from the North West to the North East seems totally farfetched. Pogba is a sensational footballer, but hardly fits the profile of what Newcastle are looking for.
The Magpies signed sensible players in January, looking for people who fit in with the squad as well as improve it with their footballing ability.
Pogba would certainly walk into our midfield, but he doesn’t feel like the right character for Eddie Howe.
That’s why more claims of a move for Pogba are incredibly strange.
Paul Pogba not interested in Newcastle despite huge wages
According to Miguel Delaney’s weekly newsletter for the Independent, the Magpies are trying to bring the World Cup winner to St James’ Park.
Delaney writes that Newcastle are willing to pay Pogba more than £300,000-a-week to join the club. However, he reportedly isn’t interested right now.
Where to begin? The fact he isn’t interested isn’t a concern, as I don’t think many Toon fans would want him anyway.
But it’s incredibly hard to believe that the Newcastle owners would be willing to pay someone in excess of £300,000-a-week. That would completely smash our wage structure and create unnecessary tensions within the dressing room.
I can hardly imagine Pogba playing alongside Sean Longstaff, with one earning 10 times as much as the other!
With the 29-year-old set to become a free agent, it’s not a surprise that Newcastle have been linked. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the interest is genuine.
Pogba surely isn’t coming to Newcastle, and he certainly won’t be earning £300,000-a-week.