Man Utd: Solskjaer praises match-winner Pogba
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Manchester United will demand £80million for Paul Pogba this summer, according to reports. The France international has been in fine form recently, helping his side move closer towards Europa League glory. However, talk of potential transfers to Real Madrid or Juventus continue to gather momentum.
Manchester United have seen Pogba shine under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
The France international experienced a difficult start to the campaign, toiling against Crystal Palace after contracting coronavirus.
However, since regaining full fitness, Pogba has become a vital asset to United.
The 2018 World Cup winner sparkled on Thursday night, helping the club beat Roma 6-2 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.
And, now, the Manchester Evening News say United have put a price tag of £80m on their prized midfielder.
Real Madrid have long dreamed of signing Pogba, with Zinedine Zidane a particularly big admirer of his compatriot.
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And Juventus, too, would love to snap him up despite the 27-year-old quitting Turin for Old Trafford back in the summer transfer window of 2016.
The report says Pogba and his family are happy in Manchester, with wife Zulay and their two young children all content.
Inside the dressing room, United players closest to Pogba think he should be allowed to leave as it’s in the best interests of both player and club.
Yet it doesn’t seem he’s ready to agitate for a move away.
That’s in stark contrast to 2018, when he pushed to join Barcelona after falling out with Jose Mourinho behind the scenes.
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Pogba had returned to Old Trafford as a World Cup winner but Mourinho, typically, refused to give him praise – instead warning him he must achieve the same sort of form at club level.
Pogba then tried to move to Barcelona but the Catalan giants ended up missing out, offering just £45million plus squad players Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina.
And it seems as though he’s likely to stay with United for another year as things stand.
Mina Raiola has claimed the Red Devils must offer his client a winning project if they want Pogba to sign a new contract, telling AS: “When a player asks you what we are going to do, it is a great responsibility.
“That’s when you stay up all night thinking what is better. I try to make it a process together with the footballer to see what is really in his heart.
“Ibrahimovic knows that I was against him going to Barca, and he wanted to because it was a Barca of a very high level.
“And although people may think otherwise, I believe that (that failed move) was a great thing, not a great defeat. Because he learned much more in six months than in long stages of his life.
“With Pogba, the important thing now is to know what United wants, what project is proposing to Pogba.
“Pogba is interested in one thing, winning the Champions League and winning titles, and we are going to see where this is possible, if at United or at other clubs.”
When asked why Pogba wasn’t already at Madrid, he added: “It is a question to ask Madrid.
“At one time Pogba felt a lot of love and trust from United, and there were several other clubs.
“Later, it is very difficult for United and Madrid to understand each other for a great transfer, because strong clubs do not want to sell strong players to other strong clubs.
“And I’m not going to fool him, for Pogba playing for Madrid was always a very attractive thing for Zidane too. He was his idol as a young man.”
When quizzed further on whether a move to the Bernabeu was possible, he then added: “I do not know.
“I think that nothing is impossible, but football depends on the day.
“As it is. And you have to be flexible to think of all the possibilities. And if tomorrow Madrid wants to make a Hazard-Pogba change? It is just an example. And if all four parties like it, why not?”
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