Manchester United have reportedly asked Paul Pogba for patience regarding his exit from Old Trafford, with the club requesting for time to seek a replacement before sanctioning the sale of the midfielder.
The French international has informed officials at Manchester United of his desire to leave the club this summer, three years after joining in a then world-record £89m move from Juventus.
The 26-year-old is believed to have grown frustrated with United’s inability to compete for major honours and is desperate to move on, with Real Madrid and former side Juventus believed to be interested.
Having previously insisted that Pogba would not be sold this summer, United are now believed to have softened their stance and will allow the midfielder to leave should they find a suitable replacement.
Pogba was present for Manchester United’s pre-season trip to Australia on Sunday, although the French midfielder looked far from happy as he was snapped by photographers.
According to the Madrid-based news outlet, Marca, United have asked Pogba for time to find new additions before allowing the World Cup winner to depart. Lazio’s Serbia international Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one reported target for Solskjaer, however the Italian side’s asking price is deemed to be excessive at present.
Real Madrid remain the favourites to sign Pogba this summer, with manager Zinedine Zidane having made no secret of his desire to bring his compatriot to the Bernabeu.
Should Pogba move to the Spanish capital, he will become the latest player to join Real in summer of major overhaul at the La Liga side.
Having endured a disappointing campaign, the 13-time European champions have already spent close to £300m in the close-season on the likes of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic.