Things have evidently been tense between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and talisman Paul Pogba since the previous campaign.
In fact, the problems seem to have escalated to such an extent, that interested parties have begun believing they can prise the Red Devils’ prodigal son away from Old Trafford, provided they meet the club’s extremely high transfer fee demands.
Barcelona were supposedly interested in signing the star midfielder earlier this month, but eventually gave up the pursuit due to the player’s high valuation.
The Spanish giants remain interested in the 25-year-old, but according to Tuesday’s edition of Catalan newspaper Sport, they will have to wait for yet another year if they are to succeed in their hunt for Pogba’s services.
While the Frenchman recently addressed that not everything was alright between him and Mourinho in a cryptic fashion, the gaffer was quick to dismiss the issue by claiming that there had been no direct fight between him and his £89m-rated signing.
The club hierarchy believes that the France international is much more important to the team than Mourinho, thereby making the latter a commodity than can be easily disposed of if and when the time comes.
To add to it, recent speculation suggests that the Mancunian giants are already considering former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as a potential candidate to replace Mourinho if the Portuguese tactician gets the sack.
While the reliability of the claim is far from high, supporters of the club are likely to be delighted with this piece of news nonetheless, as most of them would rather prefer holding onto the World Cup winner instead of the head coach who has failed to make his team play effective attacking football.