Manchester United will finally let Paul Pogba leave the club at the end of the season, but won’t let him go on the cheap, it has been claimed.
Reports had suggested the Red Devils would allow him to leave in exchange for either Aaron Ramsey or Adrien Rabiot.
However, that is apparently not the case, with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claiming they will only offload the French midfielder for a hefty transfer fee or in exchange for a world-class player.
Pogba’s future has been a constant talking point in recent months, with constant speculation over whether he will sign a new contract or look to leave.
His agent, Mino Raiola, had been vocal about wanting his client to push for a move away from Old Trafford.
He even went so far as to say that his United career was “over”, and that he wanted to find him a new club to help suit his playing style.
Real Madrid and Juventus have often been tipped as the most likely potential suitors, with reports emerging this week of a possible swap deal involving Ramsey coming back to the Premier League or a swoop for former Paris Saint-Germain star Rabiot.
But Romano claims neither will happen, and that United would only consider a swap deal if a “top” player with the same ability as Pogba came the other way.
One way or another, it seems the French midfielder – who will have one year remaining on his contract when the summer comes around – will depart the club at the end of the season.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently discussed Pogba’s situation and predicted that he could make a u-turn and decide to stay if the club starts to compete for trophies.
“There’s always a demand at Man United to win trophies and the more you win trophies, the more players are going to want to play for us and then there’s a higher standard you’ve got to set yourself,” Solskjaer said.
“It’s a demand for the players, it’s a challenge for the players that we want them to improve and get better and better. Paul has been here for a while and of course he wants to win more trophies.
“It’s down to us to win trophies and then let’s see who will be part of the team going forward.”