Paul Pogba: Expert issues verdict on Man City sealing 'shock' deal after journalist update
Noel Whelan has raised questions about Paul Pogba’s ability to integrate into Pep Guardiola’s “professional” Man City dressing room.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the transfer saga surrounding the 29-year-old will rumble on “all summer” despite the Frenchman reportedly rejecting the Citizens.
As reported by The Guardian on Friday (6 May), Man City are considering a move for Pogba with his Man United contract set to expire at the end of this season.
However, The Athletic‘s David Ornstein claims (9 May) the World Cup winner has rebuffed an approach from Guardiola’s side and would prefer to move abroad.
Pogba has notched just one goal and nine assists in 27 appearances across all competitions for Man United this term.
Whelan insisted Guardiola will have considered his options before making such a “risky” move.
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“It’s a really strange link and a bit of a shock,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“I suppose it’s just up to Guardiola and whether he feels he can get the best out of him and bring out that player we see playing for France.
“But at the same time, there’s a character about him which has raised questions – for me. Does he have that desire, the drive, the right attitude to integrate into such a professional outfit?
“Pep will have thought about it very carefully, I’m sure. He will have decided on whether taking the risk is worth it, because it is a real risk.
“If he can’t do it at Man United, then what’s to say he can do it at Man City?
“I can see this going on and on all summer – he’ll have interest from all over Europe.”