Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has made a Paul Pogba transfer decision with Bruno Fernandes behind his thinking, reports say. It’s claimed the Red Devils supremo has ‘softened his stance’ on Pogba, who remains of interest to La Liga and Serie A giants Real Madrid and Juventus.
Manchester United chief Woodward thought he’d struck gold in 2016 when he brought Pogba back to Old Trafford in a £89million deal.
However, while there have been highs such as the EFL Cup and Europa League wins in his first season, the 27-year-old has struggled in his second spell at the club.
Pogba still wants to leave United, nearly 12 months after the 2018 World Cup winner expressed a desire to seek a new challenge elsewhere.
And the Independent say the club’s stance has softened – with Woodward factoring Fernandes into his decision.
The Red Devils paid £46m to sign Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon during the January transfer window.
And he’s helped United forget all about the injured Pogba with some superb displays for his new club so far.
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The Portugal international has racked up three goals and three assists from his first eight matches since moving to the Premier League.
And Woodward, knowing he has Fernandes, is ready to let Pogba go this summer.
He’s also come to that decision having seen the France international miss the majority of the campaign through injury.
Pogba was ruled out for three months after the club’s narrow win over Rochdale earlier in the season – but briefly returned in December.
However, he’s yet to feature since the Red Devils’ 4-1 thumping of Newcastle on Boxing Day.
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And, while United are now willing to let him go, Woodward will want his money back – at least – in order for that to happen.
It’s been claimed in Spain that the club are prepared to listen to offers in the region of £53m.
But United want £89m back in order to part ways with the player, who is in his fourth year at the club.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal and Chelsea star Emmanuel Petit believes Fernandes has ‘shown up’ Pogba at Old Trafford.
Petit told The Mirror: “Fernandes has made a huge impact.
“In the space of two months he is the best buy in the winter market. He has made such a big impact. It’s like he’s been at the club for six years.
“He’s changed the mentality inside the dressing room. It’s hard for a player to come in mid-season and do that.
“Paul Pogba was meant to be doing this at Manchester United.
“It’s what he should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch.
“But I’m looking forward to seeing them together on the pitch, I want to see if that can work, and I’m pretty sure it can work.”
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