The French midfielder is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season, amid expectations that he will leave the club for the second time without any deal being agreed on a lucrative extension.
Pogba has been linked with returning to his native France with Paris Saint-Germain after his contract with United expired, while he has also been mentioned in connection with Real Madrid and former club Juventus.
However, The Times reported on Saturday that the 29-year-old joins West Ham’s Declan Rice – also a top target for United – on a shortlist of box-to-box midfield targets who could potentially replace Fernandinho, the longtime captain who plans to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Although he would obviously command significant wages, the absence of a transfer fee for Pogba could make him a more attractive candidate than Rice, who West Ham are unwilling to sell and value at a whopping £150million with three years left on his contract. .
United would hate to see Pogba join their closest rivals, having lost to City on a permanent deal for Carlos Tevez in 2009.
The Argentina striker had shone on loan at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, but rejected the chance to join United full-time and instead agreed a lucrative five-year deal at City, who taunted their neighbors with a “Welcome to Manchester”. ‘ poster depicting Tevez which was erected in the city center.
Other players who have already crossed the Manchester divide include Peter Schmeichel, Denis Law, Terry Cooke, Owen Hargreaves, Andy Cole, Andrei Kanchelskis and Brian Kidd.
United signed former City youngster Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in a £73million deal last summer, before rushing to ensure club legend Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t move not at City since Juventus. Ronaldo instead signed a two-year contract to return to United, where his future remains in doubt under new manager Erik ten Hag.