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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Paul Pogba's Summer Exit Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2018

SEVILLA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Paul Pogba of Manchester United, coach Jose Mourinho of Manchester United  during the UEFA Champions League  match between Sevilla v Manchester United at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21, 2018 in Sevilla Spain (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is willing to use Paul Pogba as "bait" to land his preferred transfer targets this summer, if the latest rumours are to be believed.

According to the Sunday People's Steve Bates, the United boss has "lost patience" with the France international and plans on using him to facilitate a £200 million transfer spree (h/t the Sunday Mirror).

Targets reportedly include Real Madrid's Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane, while Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos and Marco Verratti form the back-up plan. Mourinho also wants Juventus' Alex Sandro to solve his left-back problems.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 23: Paul Pogba of France during the International Friendly match between France and Colombia at Stade de France on March 23, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Pogba's poor form of late has led to plenty of reports about the deteriorating relationship between him and Mourinho, and the Mirror has reported extensively on the situation. John Richardson previously stated his the midfielder's agent, Mino Raiola, is already reaching out to other clubs.

The Sun also waded in on Sunday, with reports Pogba and Mourinho are barely speaking:

Sun Sport @SunSport

Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho barely on speaking terms at Manchester United https://t.co/w27Yiu4S7L https://t.co/zieAETKpeA

The 25-year-old midfielder started the crucial UEFA Champions League last-16 match against Sevilla on the bench and didn't see any minutes in the following contest against Brighton & Hove Albion. Mourinho made the decision after Pogba had failed to score since November and his overall impact on matches had waned.

Pogba is one of the most uniquely gifted midfielders in the world, evidenced by his dominant spell with Juventus, but he has proved a poor fit for Mourinho's tactical setup.

As Eurosport UK shared, the Portuguese tactician has never been afraid to feud with high-profile players, no matter how important they are to the club:

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

Paul Pogba certainly isn't the first player to feel the wrath of Jose Mourinho... 😡 https://t.co/HE11hVshq2

A summer sale still seems highly unlikely, however. The Red Devils paid a then-record sum to bring the Frenchman back to Old Trafford less than two years ago, and they wouldn't be too keen to part with him already, with clubs trying to add him on the cheap.

Per the report, Real value Kroos at nearly £100 million, and they have no need for a player like Pogba, who wouldn't be suited to their midfield. The former Juventus man needs to see a lot of the ball and play behind the forwards, but in the Spanish capital, the emphasis is on passing in midfield, with Cristiano Ronaldo doing much of the scoring.

Verratti has had plenty of struggles of his own at PSG, making little progress the past few seasons. Pogba would be welcomed in Paris, returning to the city in which he grew up.

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