Paul Pogba hasn’t had the easiest time since his return to Manchester United in 2016. Originally signed for the club as a teenager, the French midfielder left Old Trafford in 2012 in search of first team opportunities and joined Juventus, only to return to the Premier League side two years ago for an eye-watering £89m fee. The 25-year old has had a rocky transition to life back in English football ever since; he was a big part of the side that won both the Capital One cup and Europa League in his first season, but injuries and issues with manager Jose Mourinho made his second far less enjoyable. United ended the campaign without any silverware, losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Given that Mourinho has rarely had a positive word to say about the player over the last six months, it’s no surprise that rumours have swirled about a potential departure for the player, and with an agent as adept as Mino Raiola is at driving the best deal for his clients, it’s no surprise that the continent’s biggest clubs have been linked with him. Barcelona are said to have launched an audacious bid for Pogba this last week, offering €45 alongside Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, which United rejected. Pogba is also reported to have told teammates that he is unhappy at United, and demanded a gigantic pay-rise in order to stay at Old Trafford.
However, Sky Sports are reporting that such reports appear to be unfounded, with the French midfielder not angling for an inflation to his wages, and the club not open to the idea of selling him. Of course, depending on how United start this season, and how Mourinho’s mood could turn, we’ve likely not heard the end of this saga, but for now, it appears unlikely that the World Cup winner will be leaving the club any time soon.