In the midst of interest from Juventus and Real Madrid, Manchester United has slashed their demand price for contract rebel Paul Pogba, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer no longer persuaded that he fits the team he is building.
The French midfielder is out of contract in 2021 and is yet to enter into talks over a new deal, with the World Cup winner thought to be keen to leave Old Trafford in the summer window.
According to The Sun, United will not stand in his way despite Solskjaer’s public insistence that Pogba will remain at the club.
Last summer, United would only have come to the negotiating table if Juve or Real – the two clubs most interested in Pogba – had offered in the region of £180million.
But now their asking price stands at just £100m, nearly half the previous figure, with United hoping to make just a small profit on the £89m they paid Juventus to sign Pogba back in 2016.
United’s encouraging performances without Paul Pogba, who has missed most of the season through injury, have only solidified the feeling that he is no longer needed.
While Solskjaer has not criticised Paul Pogba publicly, in private he has made it clear he does not want any egos in his squad.
Last summer’s signings – Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – have all been excellent additions to a young and hungry squad, while January recruit Bruno Fernandes has also had a big impact.
With Scott McTominay having returned from injury, Nemanja Matic back in from the cold and Fred delivering consistently excellent performances, United’s need for Pogba has shrunk considerably.
United’s stance will not have been helped by Pogba wearing a Juventus shirt in a training video he uploaded to Instagram, even though it was in tribute to compatriot Blaise Matuidi who has tested positive for coronavirus.