Ghana's No. 1

Florentin Pogba, brother of United's Paul, keen on England move despite Charlton cooling interest

Published on: 28 January 2020

Florentin Pogba - brother of Manchester United star Paul - has put a host of Football League sides on red-alert following his training stint with Charlton Athletic.

The 29-year-old, who was likened to Thiago Silva during his spell in St Etienne, remains on the look for a new club following his release from MLS side Atlanta United.

Pogba has been training with Charlton but it is understood the Addicks want a younger central-defender with a resale value so a move to the Valley was never really a realistic possibility.

Nevertheless, his availability is sure to alert a number of other Football League sides given his pedigree.

Pogba came through the ranks at Spanish club Celta Vigo before returning to France to sign for Sedan, where he broke into the first team to make over 50 appearances.

His performances for Sedan earned him the reputation as one of the best emerging youngsters in French football, and caught the attentions of Ligue ‪1 side St Etienne, where he went on to become first-choice centre back after signing for the club in 2013.

The defender's performances for St Etienne, particularly during their three consecutive seasons in the Europa League, saw him widely recognised as one of the most imposing central defenders in France, drawing comparisons to Paris Saint-Germain hero Silva.

He then secured a move to Turkey's top division with Genclerbirligi - but spent just six months at the club before joining Atalanta United.

Pogba became an integral part of the MLS side's defence helping the club to two trophies - including the US Open Cup. But Pogba wants to test himself back in Europe and is keen to experience English football as he looks to relaunch his career.


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