Manchester United will look to cash in on Paul Pogba before his contract expires in 2022 after the Frenchman held heart-to-heart talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his position at the club.
Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, confirmed on Monday that the Frenchman’s time at the club was ‘over’ as he was ‘unhappy’ at the Theatre of Dreams.
Pogba’s current deal expires in 2022 after United activated an option to extend his contract by a further 12 months and the Frenchman was peeved that the club did not even open discussions over signing a new deal.
The 27-year-old has lost his starting spot under Solskjaer and he was left out of the starting XI for Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig, which knocked United out of the Champions League.
The Daily Mail claim Pogba has since spoken to Solskjaer about his decision to leave him out of such a crucial fixture and though the meeting was harmonious, the Frenchman still intends to exit the club.
Pogba is said to have a good relationship with Solskjaer but the Norwegian was furious at Raiola for the timing of his comments as they came on the eve of such a big game.
United had been keen to extend Pogba’s contract in the summer but the fact they have not opened negotiations would suggest there’s been a change of heart.
Pogba is now likely to seek an exit to Juventus in January, as he’s long held an ambition to return to Turin.
The Frenchman would have 18 months to run on his deal should he leave in January but United’s valuation may put off the Old Lady, particularly at a time of such financial difficulty.
United are said to want to recoup much of the £89m that they paid for Pogba in 2016 and they believe that his commercial appeal means they are likely to get their valuation.
Donny van de Beek was signed from Ajax for a fee of £40m in the summer as a replacement for Pogba should he leave but United are likely to enter the market again next summer for another midfielder should the Frenchman get his wish of departing.
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