Speculation surrounding the future of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has continued to intensify this week, with reports suggesting that his club are preparing to sell him to raise funds for a major funding spree.
The France internationals relationship with Red Devils most Jose Mourinho has compactly broken down and his agent Mino Raiola has been sounding out some of Europes major clubs about signing the 25-year-old.
Before Pogba moved to United in a then world record £89 million move in the summer of 2016, he was heavily linked with a transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid, and he has spoken on several occasions of what an honour it would be to play at the Bernabeu.
However, respected Times journalist Gabriel Marcotti has told ESPN FC that the only way he sees Real moving for the talented midfielder is if he puts in some dominating performances at this years World Cup in Russia.
“Man United invested a ton of money in Paul Pogba, more money than they invested in Mourinho,” Marcotti said.
“He arrived when Mourinho arrived, presumably he was a Mourinho signing.
“I just don’t see the club parting ways with him unless they get a stupid offer that’s too much to turn down.
“That’s not going to happen, I don’t think, until after the World Cup.
“If France go on to win it or come close and he plays a starring role, maybe Real Madrid pops out.
“But until then, to me this is just a non-starter.”