Neymar has been sounding out Paul Pogba over a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain as the midfielder’s time at Manchester United goes from bad to worse.
Pogba has been nowhere near his best form at Old Trafford this season and has seen his relationship with Jose Mourinho move to breaking point.
According to Goal, Neymar called Pogba in September to ask him if he was happy with life in Manchester and whether he would interested in returning to his native city, Paris.
Premier League appearances: 7
PL goals: 2, PL assists: 1
Pass success: 82.7 per cent
Champions League appearances: 2
CL goals: 2, CL assists: 1
Pass success: 85.5 per cent
Neymar and Pogba have been close associates for several years and the Brazilian originally attempted to coax him to Barcelona before he left Juventus to rejoin Manchester United in 2016.
Now, he hopes to act as the deal-maker between his new club and Pogba. The Ligue 1 outfit are growing in their desperation to win the Champions League with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi investing over £350million to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Neymar, who cost the club a world-record £198m in 2017, is hoping to convince club officials that Pogba would take them to the next level in terms of ability, but a deal would be devilishly complex and incredibly expensive to pull off.
Pogba would cost close to Neymar’s own world record and it is widely believed he already has his heart set on a move to Barcelona, who he agreed terms with in the summer only to see United refuse to do business.
The Frenchman’s situation has only worsened since his September phone call with Neymar. Mourinho stripped him of vice-captaincy duties after he publicly critcised team tactics and reprimanded him in front of TV cameras during a training session.
Earlier this week, following a disappointing 0-0 draw with Valencia, Pogba claimed he had been gagged from talking to the media. If true, it suggests his relationship with Mourinho and the club is descending into untenable territory.
Pogba declined to talk to reporters, saying: ‘I’ve been told I’m not allowed.’
The Frenchman claimed in August that he couldn’t discuss his situation at the club without fear of being fined, and last month appeared to criticise tactics, urging the team to ‘attack, attack, attack.’