Solskjaer And Woodward Disagree Over Huge Summer Transfer

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward before the match.

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Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United seems increasingly uncertain by each day. This season alone has seen numerous sagas enveloping the Frenchman, with Jose Mourinho sparring with him on numerous occasions.

When the former Juventus player wished to move to Barcelona, Ed Woodward is understood to have blocked that move, repeatedly ascertaining that the midfielder wasn’t for sale. While Mourinho’s sacking seemed to have initially abated those murmurs his recent form has indicated otherwise.

Despite this being the highest scoring season of his career, Pogba isn’t happy with where Manchester United is headed. Lack of Champions League football next season has hurt both his personal and financial goals, with his weekly wages set to see a 25% cut if he remains at Old Trafford.

As per ESPN, Pogba has expressly decided that will move to Real Madrid in the summer and has asked his agent Mino Raiola to initiate talks with United.

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At the club, a rift exists with regard to the Pogba situation. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is of the opinion that Pogba should be allowed to depart if he does not wish to play for the badge anymore. This is in line with his mentality as the gaffer is keen on success in his first full season with the club.

However, Ed Woodward and the club’s hierarchy deem the World Cup winner to be unsellable and view him as crucial to the club’s brand identity. At the same time, sources add that they privately value him around €160 million if their hand is forced to sell him.

Real Madrid will try and bring that pricetag down to €120 million in the summer, with Zinedine Zidane making Pogba’s acquisition a summer priority.

For Woodward, it may be personal as well, as bringing Pogba back from Juventus was hailed as his first worthwhile piece of transfer business at the club.