United Dig In Over Pogba
Manchester United have told Paul Pogba’s agent that they won’t sell the France international this summer.
Pogba is being linked with interest from Real Madrid and reports from Spain claimed last week that the La Liga side’s reappointed coach Zinedine Zidane has given the green light to a bid for the United player.
But according to the Madrid-based newspaper Marca, Madrid can expect to have to pay United around €150 million (£129.3 million). That would mean a profit on the €114million that United paid Juventus for Pogba in the summer of 2016.
United want Pogba to sign a new deal. His current contract runs to 2021. But both the 26-year-old and Raiola are dragging their heels.
The €150million figure appears to have been plucked out of thin air by Marca. Reports in some UK outlets that this a price tag put on Pogba by Manchester United are somewhat wide of the mark.
But such a figure would deter Madrid. They are already pursuing Eden Hazard of Chelsea in a deal that would cost somewhere in the region of £50million. However, Marca adds that they are looking at alternatives in case United reject all offers or if the price becomes unaffordable.
Another Spanish outlet, El Confidencial, claims Real have two separate transfer plans. One is to sign Hazard while another ‘luxury’ plan involves the signing of Pogba and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.
No Move For Coutinho
Meanwhile, Phillippe Coutinho almost certainly won’t be joining Manchester United this summer.
The Barcelona midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford; however, he was booed and whistled at by United supporters during Barca’s Champions League quarter-final clash with United at Old Trafford last week.
United fans were quick to remind Coutinho of his Liverpool past and according to the Barcelona-based newspaper Sport that was enough to banish any thoughts of a move to Old Trafford.
Chelsea are also being linked but only if they get their two-window transfer ban suspended by Fifa.