Man United privately accept they will have to lower their £75m asking price for Paul Pogba this summer. The 27-year-old midfielder’s agent, Mino Raiola, revealed in December that he is ‘unhappy’ at Man United and wants to leave Old Trafford.
Paul has 18 months to run on his deal at Man United and the player had been keen on extending his deal, with Raiola confirming last summer that he hoped negotiations would begin imminently over an extension. However, Pogba was aggrieved that Red Devils activated a 12-month extension clause in his deal without first discussing a new long-term deal.
With time running down on France international’s deal and the Red Devils unwilling to let him leave this month, the club’s last opportunity to fetch a respectable fee for the midfielder will be in the summer transfer window. Red Devils broke the world transfer record to sign the French midfielder for £89m in 2016 and at 27 the peak years of his career are still ahead of him.
Despite the financial climate, Red Devils hope to recoup a huge chunk of the money spent on Paul with the player is valued at £75m by the club. The World Cup winner has attracted initial interest from former club Juventus, while Real Madrid and PSG are also possible destinations for Pogba.
Despite the level of interest in Paul, there is an acceptance at Man United that Red Devils are unlikely to receive bids in the region of their asking price given the midfielder would be only six months away from being able to sign a pre-contract agreement with his next club.