A lot of murmurs are doing the rounds with regard to the future of Paul Pogba. After the French midfielder expressed that he wanted a new challenge, Real Madrid and Juventus hopped in at the chance of acquiring the World Cup winner.
In response, Manchester United had allegedly maintained that the 26-year-old wasn’t for sale and was valued too high as a commercial asset. Most reports indicated that Ed Woodward and company had slapped a massive pricetag upon him to dissuade his pursuers.
Since then, concrete news regarding his future was sparse, with the Frenchman slated to join his teammates ahead of their pre-season tour.
However, there is now a significant change in that regard.
Speaking to the Times, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola confirmed the speculations: “Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are. Everyone within the club, from the manager to the owner, knows Paul’s wishes.”
This certainly shifts the angle of the story to not ‘if’ but ‘when’.
Raiola also commented on whether or not Pogba will join United in their tour to Australia and Asia: “I cannot tell you anything. I live day by day.”
When the deal goes through, it will be the second time that Pogba has left Old Trafford, with the first coming as an academy graduate departing for Juventus back in 2012.
Real Madrid are the standout favorites for his signature with prior claims suggesting that they had asked Pogba to put in a formal transfer request to set the wheels in motion. It is fair to say that this comment from Raiola is as good as one.
It will be interesting to see how United negotiate his transfer fee as the Premier League giants aren’t expected to reduce their valuation, which is allegedly too high for Los Blancos.
The bigger concern at Old Trafford will be finding a replacement for the player who topped nearly all their charts last season.