Paul Pogba is a name that isn’t usually too far from the headlines, with his future at Manchester United a constant source of speculation and comment.
It has long been suggested that the World Cup winning midfielder is agitating for a move away from Old Trafford, links to the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus hardly having been helped by his comments last summer that he was keen on having ‘a new challenge somewhere else’.
His agent, the infamous Mino Raiola, has also been pretty vocal in his opinions about his clients future at Manchester United, saying last month that he wants to take ‘a great footballer to Real Madrid’ – leading many to interpret his comments to be about the Frenchman.
Despite all the suggestions, a move – or in fact any solid interest whatsoever – has failed to materialise, with Manchester United said to value their player at over £100 million, a valuation nobody else seems to be willing to meet.
Now, Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague reckons that while Pogba is a target for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, he is not a ‘priority’ for the club itself, even suggesting the Frenchman could sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
“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 YouTube.
“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.
“But we’ll have to see because this is very early in the conversations in that department and as I said he’s playing with all the possible cards.”