Manchester United have told the agent of Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka that they are keen on him replacing Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, according to Sport1‘s chief reporter Florian Plettenberg.
The German journalist has backed claims made by another reporter, Bild‘s Christian Falk, that the 26-year-old is being targeted by the Red Devils:
Update #Goretzka: The bosses of #MUFC told his management in the phone call that they want to replace @paulpogba. He will probably leave the club. But next to @ManUtd there are other clubs from 🏴 interested in him. Next to #Barca and #RealMadrid. @SPORT1 https://t.co/Ej4io0Mjtz
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 30, 2021
While reports appear to suggest that there is genuine interest in Goretzka, United supporters on Twitter are sceptical, with many believing that the player is using the club as a way to get himself a lucrative new contract with Bayern:
Sounds like Ramos all over again
— Keyser Söze 🇪🇺 (@oddlyspeltandre) June 30, 2021
Don’t see this happening
— Ryan James (@RyancornyJames) June 30, 2021
We're not falling for these news. Not anymore
— Sir. Malik (@abdelmalik08) June 30, 2021
We’re being used for a better contract again pic.twitter.com/rb8hBlkJ2x
— dwayne (@dwayneUTD) June 30, 2021
that's like replacing ferrari with a horse carriage
— . (@pogbmatic) June 30, 2021
Using Utd name for better contract simple as
— Mr. Thank You/Mr. You’re Welcome (@middo11) June 30, 2021
Not true ❎
— #GetGlazersOut (@KaranJatt) June 30, 2021
— lemuel🔰 (@LemuelKH_1997) June 30, 2021
Don't need him, let Donny replace Pogba. Donny is brilliant if United can use him right
— Anthony Doherty (@Clyde_H93) June 30, 2021
The transfer does seem a bit unlikely. Recent reports have indicated that United are working hard on renewing Pogba’s contract while, even if the Frenchman did leave, the Manchester club still have Donny van de Beek to take his place.
Goretzka is a quality footballer, having scored eight goals and provided nine assists in 32 appearances last season, but he is not the type of player United desperately need.