Paul Pogba is heading for the exit at Old Trafford following a breakdown in his relationship with Jose Mourinho.
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, is currently in England to guide the 25-year-old out of Old Trafford, and negotiations are expected to be fully completed before the window closes next Thursday, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Barcelona and Juventus are reportedly the two frontrunners for the Frenchman’s signature, with the Italian champions willing to offer Miralem Pjanic in part-exchange for the World Cup winner.
Raiola intends to force through a transfer of around £100m, preferably to Barcelona.
Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, would easily have more than enough to pay for Pogba if he sold the likes of Yerry Mina, Paco Alcacer, Rafinha, Andre Gomes and Jasper Cillessen, as all five players face uncertain futures at the Nou Camp and are likely to leave soon regardless.
The Independent have also reported further on the topic, claiming that Manchester United are set to take a “firm stance” over the Paul Pogba debacle, despite Raiola’s attempts to force a move through.
With the transfer window set to slam shut in just three days time (Thursday, 9th August), United just need to stand their ground and see it through.
Paul Pogba is integral to how Manchester United operate, both on and off the pitch: he is a key player in the centre of midfield and often orchestrates the play; off the field he is seen by United as central to their commercial plans.
So, evidently, to lose Pogba – even for as much as £100m – would be a blow to Manchester United in more ways than one.