Paul Pogba’s departure has been on the quieter side as of recent days, particularly with Manchester United focusing more on the arrivals at the club.
However, it is still very much a standout saga and one that the Red Devils will be hoping to sort out at the earliest. Pogba departing anywhere near deadline day would be catastrophic for United as they won’t have the resources or the time to find an apt replacement.
The latest on his situation certainly seems to paint a similar picture of urgency.
As per the Sun, Paul Pogba will sit down with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and beg him to sanction a move away from the club this summer and before United start on their pre-season tour.
The report states that Ed Woodward and the United board are adamant to not sell Pogba but the Frenchman believes that the Norwegian gaffer could convince the higher-ups in letting him go. Presently, Real Madrid and Juventus are the interested parties for his signature.
Zinedine Zidane is eager for the 26-year-old but cannot afford to spend over £90 million as a mammoth deal has already been secured for Eden Hazard earlier.
This amount is lower than the alleged £120 million or so that Woodward will demand for the World Cup winner if an exit is sanctioned.
It is easy to see why Solskjaer may prefer this route as he is looking to build a team that is focused and committed and having an exit-seeking player in the first-team doesn’t do wonders for morale. Chelsea is aware of the ramifications of this situation with what occurred with Eden Hazard last season.
At the same time negotiating the fine details and finding a replacement will also prove to be a tricky affair. It is important for United to work through this quickly.