Paul Pogba is one of the most recurrent names in rumors during this summer transfer window. The French midfielder is followed by great teams across Europe, with Real Madrid and Juventus being thought to be the front-runners to get his signature this offseason.
The player has already shown his desire to look for new challenges next campaign, and even though Manchester United is reluctant to sell him, some say it's only a matter of time before we see Pogba wearing another jersey and playing in a different stadium.
Having that in mind, United need to be prepared to the life without Pogba, and now we are going to take a look at some players who could be more than proper replacements for the French international at Old Trafford.
Here are the 5 best replacements for Paul Pogba in Manchester United.
Pjanic has been nothing but marvelous for Juventus ever since he landed in Turin from Roma a couple of seasons ago. However, there have been several rumors suggesting that the Old Lady would be willing to let Pjanic go this summer in an attempt to make room for new midfielders; one of those is thought to be Pogba himself.
The Bosnian player has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but at this moment those rumors have vanished. Perhaps United can take advantage of that and pull off a steal for Pjanic, who could be just great at Old Trafford.
As many people know, Eriksen has been on the radar of the Red Devils for quite some time and this summer might be the perfect time for the Danish midfielder to make his way to Manchester, following a very good tenure with Tottenham Hotspur.
Eriksen is believed to be favoring a move to Real Madrid this offseason but doesn’t discard taking his talents to Manchester if the right offer comes. The good thing about Eriksen is that he already knows the league and has proven to be one of the most effective passers not only in England but overseas. If Eriksen arrives, not so many would miss Pogba.
Pogba’s international teammate can become his replacement once he leaves Manchester. Adrien Rabiot has been linked with plenty of teams through this summer and Manchester United has been one of those. Rabiot is set to prove that he can still be a good player in a great team and a chance to replace Pogba would be a very good opportunity for him.
At just 24, he still has a lot to show and plenty of things to improve, so maybe a trip to Manchester to play with one of the most successful clubs in the world, which is also trying to recover its best form, is a very good option for the Frenchman.
Ivan Rakitic has been on the radar of Man. Utd. for some time and this summer he’s been rumored to be taking his talents to England since he’s one of the players Barcelona think aren’t indispensable ahead of next season.
The Croatian midfielder has proven with the Blaugrana all of his talents and how great he can be as a leader and organizer. The former Sevilla star has drawn attention from several major clubs in Europe, and United seem very interested in acquiring Rakitic’s services this summer; his style of play would greatly suit the Premier League.
This Portuguese star has taken the world by storm this season and various major teams across Europe have been following him closely. Right now it looks like Fernandes’ future is in England, playing either for Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United, where he will probably land to fill Pogba’s void.
Bruno has been very good this season with his side, Sporting Lisbon, and it won’t take too much time before we see him playing in one of the biggest clubs in Europe. He has the ability to take the ball from defense to attack, to distribute it the best way and to create a lot of chances for his teammates. Any team that lands this guy will be extremely lucky to have him; if Pogba leaves, he will be a hell of a replacement.