Manchester United will look to offload Paul Pogba this summer after the Frenchman rejected the offer of a new contract worth £50m.
Pogba’s future has never been far from the back pages since re-joining United in 2016, with Real Madrid continually expressing their interest in the midfielder.
With just one year remaining on his current deal, United had hoped to tie Pogba down to a lucrative new contract to avoid the risk of losing him for free next year – but the Mirror report that they’ll look to sell him this summer after he rejected their latest £350,000-per-week offer.
While the figure represents a huge loss on the £89m the Red Devils shelled out on Pogba five years ago, it seems they’ve come to terms with the fact they’re going to have to offload the World Cup for a cut-price fee to avoid potentially losing him for nothing in a year’s time.
Given Real Madrid’s public admiration of the 28-year-old it would be no surprise to see them try to thrash out a deal for Pogba.
However, Los Blancos’ ongoing financial woes mean they’re unlikely to be able to stump up the sort of cash required to tempt United into selling – indeed, they’ve encountered similar problems in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.
That being said, if Real were to reignite their interest in Pogba, there’s the possibility that a deal involving Raphael Varane could be done. United are in advanced talks for the Frenchman, although conflicting reports continue to emerge over the status of a transfer. Spanish media suggests the two clubs remain apart in valuation, while elements of the British press have noted a five-year contract has already been agreed.
90min has told been that United are ‘hopeful and excited’ of concluding a move.