Manchester United are reportedly willing to take a huge loss on Paul Pogba in order to move on from the midfielder in the summer transfer window. Talk of Pogba leaving Old Trafford has been growing ever since last summer when Barcelona were strongly linked with a big-money move.
No deal materialised but his future has looked increasingly likely to be away from United.
He had suffered an injury-ravaged campaign this season up until the point the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s limited the 27-year-old to just eight appearances since last summer.
United have since signed Bruno Fernandes, who has fitted seamlessly into the midfield with the club going unbeaten in the nine games in which he has played.
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The Red Devils’ form since Fernandes has joined further has seemed to further increase the likelihood of Pogba’s departure.
The France international’s agent, Mino Raiola, has also repeatedly taken shots at United over their handling of his client while recently admitting he is determined to take a “big name” player to Real Madrid.
The La Liga giants have long been linked with a move for Pogba, but United had previously refused to budge on their valuation.
Having spent £89milion to sign Pogba back in 2016, United have wanted to get somewhere close to that outlay back in any potential transfer.
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But, according to the Daily Mail, they’re prepared to accept as little as £50m due to the financial climate football clubs have found themselves in due to the coronavirus outbreak.
United themselves are looking to make a splash in the transfer market, with a big-money move for Jadon Sancho touted as a strong possibility.
Any money from Pogba’s potential exit would certainly help the club in their pursuit of further transfer targets.
However, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes United could in fact be ready to offer Pogba a new contract.
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“Paul Pogba was a target for Zidane, not so much for the club, and the money involved in that deal means that Real Madrid I don’t think have Paul Pogba as a priority,” Balague said on his YouTube channel.
“Paul Pogba has suggested both, that he wants to go and he wants to stay.
“So he’s playing his cards but at the moment I do feel that a player like him would be better serviced to be at Manchester United where he will be the leader, physically he will be fit finally and it seems like they are at least a stable club right now, there won’t be changes, [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer will stay.
“I know that the coaching staff at Manchester United feel that Pogba is a good leader, perhaps not so much when things are going wrong, but when they are going right, and you’ve got to hope, for Manchester United fans anyway, that the finances are in the right place to at least be able to get a stable team, improving with two or three players, meaning he has the chance to shine.
“It’s not a good time to leave I don’t think and I believe that they’re going to convince him to stay with a new contract.”
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