The Transfer Loophole That Pogba Could Use To Force Man Utd Exit

Manchester United's Paul Pogba after the match.

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Paul Pogba’s tenure at Manchester United has been rife with activity. The French midfielder’s on-field brilliance aside, the instances involving him have almost always been animated.

His prodigal return from Juventus was expected to bring much to further the improvement of the Red Devils. However, controversy after controversy has courted the home-grown player.

The most evident was the massive fall-out with former United gaffer Jose Mourinho. Once this transpired, last summer ushered in the prominent Real Madrid link with Pogba himself stating that he was up for a new challenge. To further fuel the same, his agent Mino Raiola appeared adamant to engineer a move away from the Theatre of Dreams.

While Madrid with Zinedine Zidane at the helm were clearly interested in him, the Mancunian outfit were adamant to not sell him except for an immense amount that the La Liga giants simply refused to mete out.

That appeared to be the stalemate at which the affairs were stuck with rumors still rife.

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However, now L’Equipe (via the Sun), have pointed out a loophole that Pogba can deploy in order to force an exit to Real Madrid come summer. This would be by virtue of a FIFA ruling under Article 17.

Essentially, a player at a club is eligible to terminate an existing agreement once a three-year ‘protection period’ has transpired since signing the terms. The termination will occur through the payment of a fee to the parent club. For Pogba, this will occur at the end of the current campaign.

However, what isn’t clear is the exact sum the 27-year-old is expected to pay to United should such an extreme move be elected. The report pegs the prospective amount at £50 million in order to end the contract that presently runs until June 2021.

Given the current state of affairs and past precedent, such a measure, if used, is likely to be a last-ditch pressure tactic.