MANCHESTER UNITED are lining up German star Leon Goretzka amid mounting fears they will be forced to sell Paul Pogba.
The Red Devils are preparing the prospect of £89million record signing Pogba quitting United for a SECOND time.
His Old Trafford contract expires in summer 2022 and he has given no indication as yet that he is willing to commit to a new one.
And Goretzka, 26, is currently at a similar stand-off over his future with Bayern Munich.
The former Schalke ace could be available on a free transfer in a year’s time or – if there is no resolution – may have to be sold for a knockdown fee this summer.
New Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann has made it clear he wants an agreement to be found.
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But United will continue to monitor developments in the hope they could land a ready-made replacement for Pogba, who quit United for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are also reportedly keen – but the interest from United is strongest.
Their need could become more pressing with Paris Saint Germain are looking to take advantage of the situation by landing Pogba on the cheap this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would ideally like a new midfielder this summer with Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga, 18, in the frame.
Wolves’ Portuguese ace Ruben Neves is another believed to have come under discussion among the United hierarchy.
However they are not short of numbers and Dutchman Donny van de Beek – who joined from Ajax last summer but struggled – has indicated he wants to stay and fight for his place.
Meanwhile, talks with Raphael Varane’s representatives about a move to United are continuing with no breakthrough yet on personal terms.
Talks with Real Madrid are yet to begin despite reports in Spain that a £43m fee is set to be agreed.
Jadon Sancho’s £73m switch from Borussia Dortmund is expected to be finalised as soon as he returns from holiday.
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