Premier League Transfer Betting: Will Paul Pogba secure summer switch abroad?

Will Pogba swap England for Spain or Italy?
Paul Pogba in action for France

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and have been linked with a host of young English talents. Ben McAleer perused the markets to find value in their summer comings and goings...

"A new challenge would hint at a move to a new league, not a return to Serie A, which Pogba ended up dominating towards the end of his stay in Italy, with Spain the likely destination"

A disappointing performance against France on Tuesday night is unlikely to deter Manchester United from solidifying their rumoured interest in Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The right-back scored an unfortunate late own goal to cap a miserable evening for England as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Les Espoirs, yet one poor performance shouldn't undo a fine season's work for the defender.

Reports on Wednesday night suggested that United have finally made a breakthrough in their quest to land the 21-year-old with a £55m fee supposedly agreed between the two teams. In Wan-Bissaka's arrival, United would be correcting a hugely problematic position with the youngster enjoying a fine campaign for Roy Hodgson's Eagles side.

Manchester United closing in on their top target

Interest in Wan-Bissaka has been high for some time, with a host of Premier League sides courting the Palace ace, but it's United who look to have won the race to secure his services and they have moved in from 2/9 to 1/7 to be Wan-Bissaka's next club on the Sportsbook over the last week.

He'd be United's starting right-back for years to come, so while the £55m price may seem steep, United are better suited paying that now rather than risk that fee rising in the future, however he isn't the only young English full-back they are tracking this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of his desire to move for young British players in the market and following the arrival of Daniel James and looming capture of Wan-Bissaka, Max Aarons is another being mooted with a possible switch to Old Trafford.

As part of Norwich's successful Championship winning side, Aarons' stock has steadily risen over the last 12 months, with Tottenham also linked with a move for the right-back, who placed first for successful dribbles (56) and second for interceptions (46) of teenagers in the Championship last season.

Change in policy could see United renew interest in West Ham star

Another whose been mooted with a possible switch to United is Declan Rice. The West Ham star penned a new deal at the London Stadium in December, but United and rivals Manchester City are both keen on landing the England international this summer in their respective bids to improve. Their push for Rodri may impact their pursuit of Rice, but City, along with United, are joint-favourites to be the 20-year-old's next club at 4/1.

Whether West Ham sell is another matter altogether and the arrival of Pablo Fornals is just the statement signing needed to convince Rice to remain in the capital, while it remains whether the youngster would even leave east London if a bid was accepted as he continues his development into one of the finest English talents in his position.

That said, he'd be an upgrade on United's current holding options and fits the mould of the club's policy of recruiting young English talent, though any potential suitor would have to spend big in order to secure Rice. By signing a new contract, West Ham at least have some security over his future and can command a huge fee for a player who has grown into a first team regular under Manuel Pellegrini.

It's a similar case for Harry Maguire, who continues to be heavily linked with a big money move away from Leicester. The Foxes are keen to keep their prized centre-back at the King Power Stadium, but with United and City both eyeing up a move for the towering defender, they are aware that keeping him in Leicester beyond the summer window is a tough ask.


City and 8/11 are the favourites to sign Maguire this summer, with United following suit at evens on the Sportsbook, and even if their push for the 26-year-old falls through, there are plenty of possible defensive targets for Solskjaer to identify to improve the squad.

Super agent Mino Raiola set to be decisive in summer window

One of those may move away from the policy of signing young British talent, but when a player of Matthijs de Ligt's calibre comes on the market, then it's impossible not to make a move for the highly rated Dutchman. Barcelona were the frontrunners for his signature, but have since moved out to 11/4 to be De Ligt's next club.

United would face competition from PSG for the teenager, but aren't to be completely ruled out just yet. At 4/6, PSG are very much the favourites to sign De Ligt and reports suggest that the Parisian powerhouse have offered the Ajax defender a hefty contract to convince him to move to Le Parc des Princes.


Given their financial backing, however, United to sign De Ligt at 5/2 is worth a punt, particularly as it's two Mino Raiola clients that could determine two major moves in the transfer market this summer. With the Italian's transfer ban lifted allowing him to broker deals, a move to England for De Ligt very much remains on the cards and United may exploit that as one of their current players seeks a move away.

Paul Pogba is on Real Madrid's radar with Zinedine Zidane keen on bringing his counterpart to the Bernabeu in the off-season. If Pogba leaves, Real Madrid are the favourites to lure the Frenchman to Spain at 7/4 on the Sportsbook with Zidane favouring a move for the World Cup winner ahead of Tottenham's Christian Eriksen.

"We love him," Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici recently admitted of Pogba and the Old Lady would love nothing more than to bring him back to Turin. Pogba was a success in Italy, but with the player claiming he fancies a new challenge, it's for this reason that Juventus are at 7/2 to sign Pogba this summer. A new challenge would hint at a move to a new league, not a return to Serie A, which he ended up dominating towards the end of his stay in Italy, with Spain the likely destination should the midfielder depart Old Trafford.

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