Manchester United will demand a fee of £180m for wantaway midfield star Paul Pogba.
The French international has informed the club of his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer, having grown disillusioned with the club’s inability to compete for major honours since his then world-record transfer from Juventus three years ago.
Real Madrid are believed to be keen on a deal to take the 26-year-old to Spain, however according to the Daily Star, United will demand £180m for the player, having been left angered by his agent Mino Raiola’s public claims about his desire to leave.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended the player in the press and the club would like to keep Pogba ahead of the new season, however United are likely to sanction his sale should any club meet his huge asking price.
A fee of £180m would more than double the £89m fee United paid for Pogba in 2016, with the club believing their valuation is fitting in a vastly-inflated transfer market this summer.
It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid would be willing to spend such a figure on the Frenchman, particularly given the Spanish giants have already spent lavishly this summer.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have already spent close to £300m on the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, and would likely have to raise funds through player sales before pursuing a big-money move for Pogba.
Despite their insistence that the club want Pogba to remain at Old Trafford, United have made contingency plans for his departure. Solskjaer’s side have been strongly linked with highly-rated Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff, whilst the club are also believed to be monitoring Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.