Paul Pogba Reportedly Wants out of Manchester United This Summer Transfer Window

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on February 9, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Paul Pogba reportedly wants to leave Manchester United this summer, and his preferred option would be a switch to Real Madrid.

According to Marco Ruiz of AS, the Frenchman is still keen to depart Old Trafford despite the exit of Jose Mourinho, and his agent, Mino Raiola, is already working on a transfer, with a return to Juventus also a potential option. 

As Ruiz noted, Pogba, 26, was linked with Barcelona earlier this season amid tensions with Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back in December, though, and Pogba has flourished under the Norwegian:

But while on international duty with France, he said that Real is a "dream club":

Any club wanting to prise Pogba away from United will have to be prepared to make a huge bid, as the Manchester outfit will want to make a profit on the £89 million they paid to re-sign him from Juve in 2016.

Real are one of the few clubs in the world with the financial clout to even countenance signing the midfielder, and Juve showed they will splash the cash when necessary when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo for nearly £100 million last summer.

Pogba's current contract at Old Trafford runs to 2021, so United will be able to demand a big fee if the midfielder does indeed want out.

If he continues with the Red Devils into next season, though, the Manchester giants will need to push to sign him up to a new deal or else risk losing him relatively cheaply.

In an ideal world, United would surely be eager to keep Pogba for the long term, because he has shown under Solskjaer he could be the club's talisman for the best part of the next decade.

Qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League could become a crucial factor in Pogba staying at Old Trafford, and United are in a fierce battle for the final two top-four spots in the Premier League. 

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