United will let Paul Pogba leave this summer

Manchester United are set to let Paul Pogba to leave this summer if their asking price of £125million is met.

The French midfield ace returned to United in a blaze of glory in the summer of 2016 when the club paid paid a then world record £89million to bring him back to Old Trafford from Juventus.

But since his return he has failed to live up to expectations, and he had a public falling out with manager Jose Mourinho – which saw him strongly linked with a move to Barcelona last summer.

Since then Mourinho has left and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival saw another up-turn in Pogba’s form, but now it is believed he is keen on a summer exit with Real Madrid ready to offer him his dream move to work with Zinedine Zidane – who has never hidden his admiration for his fellow countryman.

Sources close to United believe a deal could be done – but Real would need to pay around £125million plus add-ons to land Pogba, although they are likely to have money to spend and room in their midfield department with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos possible departures from the Santiago Bernabeu.

United have been in no hurry to sell the 26-year-old, as they proved last summer when fending off possible interest from Barcelona – but the patience of the club’s hierarchy is wearing thin and now they are ready to pull the plug on his second stint at Old Trafford, and the fact they will shed his wages and make a profit on him – will help them give Solskjaer a sizeable transfer chest.

Now United are gearing up for talks with Madrid, with the player’s management team knowing they would have no issues in agreeing terms with the Spanish giants – who would give him a pay rise to make the move.

Solskjaer has insisted that he sees Pogba staying put, despite the links – although he won’t ‘guarantee’ he will remain.

“I think he will be here next season,” said Solskjaer.

“Paul has done fantastic for us. We want him to do well. He is a leader in the dressing room. If I could guarantee I would say yes. You can’t guarantee but I think he will be.”

And Bookmakers are firmly of the belief that Real will be Pogba’s next club with BetVictor making them 6/4 favourites.

BetVictor’s Head of ante post Football Michael Triffitt commented: “Paul Pogba has been in tremendous form for Manchester United ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins at Old Trafford from Jose Mourinho. It’s no secret that Mourinho and Pogba had a difficult relationship and the French international was never able to show his best form under the Portuguese man’s leadership.

“Before Ole came in Pogba looked odds on to be leaving Manchester in the transfer window and despite still having plenty of admirers it will be much harder persuading him to leave. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has spoken openly about his admiration for the midfield star and the Spanish giants are 6/4 favourites to secure his signature in the summer. The Red Devils race for a Top Four finish may very will influence the outcome of any possible transfer and we await developments with interest.”

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