Paul Pogba likely force his way out Manchester United on Friday night as agent Mino Raiola went public to declare he is arranging a transfer away.
Pogba is on record as wanting a fresh challenge three years after returning to Old Trafford for £89million from Juventus, with his preference a switch to Real Madrid.
United have insisted they will not countenance offers for the central midfielder but saw Raiola wade in by claiming the whole club know the 26-year-old wants to depart this summer.
Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on,’ Raiola told the Times. ‘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.’ Real Madrid retain an interest in Pogba, while former employers Juventus are also keen, although it remains to be seen whether any club can afford the finance required to sign the World Cup winner.
Pogba has not yet been back at Carrington for pre-season training after an extended break following international duty.
United expect him to jet off with the rest of their squad on tour of Australia, Singapore, and China. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side flies out over the weekend and Pogba, who has been in New York, would need to cover more than 12,000 miles in a matter of days if he made it to Perth for their first leg.
Raiola failed to offer assurances as to whether Pogba would join up with United for their friendlies. ‘I cannot tell you anything. I live day by day,’ he said. United were reported by L’Equipe to have been interested in Tottenham’s record £65m signing Tanguy Ndombele but wanted more time to resolve Pogba’s future. Spurs pounced and United would be faced with a tough task to replace the26-year-old if he departs.
Real are regarded as front-runners for his signature but there is a reluctance from Florentino Perez to pay over the odds, despite Zinedine Zidane’s desire to recruit his compatriot.