According to Sky Sports, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is likely to leave the Red Devils in the summer. The Sky reports suggest that the France international hopes to join Spanish giants Real Madrid. Reportedly, United do not want to part with Pogba in the January transfer window. A transfer before the current window shuts may also be slightly more complicated, with limited time for negotiations.
Pogba will prove highly costly
Despite the claim that Pogba will leave United in the summer is strange considering the fact that the Red Devils are believed to rate Pogba in the region of £150million. That sort of fee is likely to dissuade most clubs from making a move for the Frenchman.
There are other expenses for any buying club, like Pogba’s massive wages, signing on fee and the inevitable big agent fee to the midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola. When it is all added up it comes to a mammoth financial layout for any club.
The aforementioned Real Madrid are one of the few clubs that could feasibly sign Pogba. However, even then Los Blancos would likely have to sell some players to balance the books for financial fair play.
Return to Manchester United has not worked out
I do believe that Pogba’s agent has stated in the recent past that he felt that a return to Manchester United was the wrong career move for the midfielder.
He arrived the same summer as Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The arrival of the trio was supposed to signify the start of a new era at Old Trafford, in which the Red Devils returned to their glory days.
However, although United won trophies in the following seasons, the Mourinho revival fell just short of taking united back to greatness. If Pogba was looking for glory, he made the wrong decision to move to United, as they are still attempting to recapture the success of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Pogba obviously felt he had unfinished business in Manchester after Ferguson refused to give the then youngster the first-team football he craved. Maybe he believed that he was good enough to drag the team to success once again.
Unfortunately, the French midfielder has shone in only brief moments in a mediocre United team. The box-to-box midfield star we often saw at Juventus or for France seems missing. Injuries have plagued Pogba this season and the midfielder has made just seven Premier League appearances for the Red Devils. Incredibly, his last United start was at the end of September.
If he is to keep the attention of Real Madrid, then he needs to be playing for United and producing impressive performances. Los Blancos are not going to shell out a massive fee on Pogba if he is not producing for United.
Real Madrid favourites to sign Pogba
We have heard all the transfer stories and speculation about Paul Pogba before and it remains to be seen if he really will move on in the near future.
At odds of 1/5 to be a United player after the winter closes, it seems pretty certain he will not leave this month. Unsurprisingly, considering the constant links with Real Madrid, Los Blancos are the favourites to sign the midfielder.
It is a shame that his time at Manchester United has proven so inconsistent so far. The midfielder shows no sign of reaching any sort of level of consistency in Manchester. Maybe Pogba leaving next summer would suit everybody, as he is obviously not playing his best football for United.
Will Paul Pogba leave Manchester United this summer?
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