Paul Pogba’s long-term future at Manchester United has been cast into doubt after his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho took another turn for the worse
Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho were caught in a seemingly frosty exchange during yesterday’s training session, as rumours intensified about an escalating rift.
The United manager stripped Pogba of the vice captaincy ahead of their Carabao Cup defeat to Derby County this week.
It’s reported he made the move over the Frenchman’s “attitude,” but Mourinho refused to elaborate and has denied any issues.
World Cup winner Pogba has been linked with a move to Barcelona.
Here are the possible destinations for Pogba should the £89million man be allowed to leave when the transfer window opens again in January.
Manchester United reported to have slapped a £200million price tag on Pogba, who returned to Old Trafford in August 2016, and there are few clubs which would be able to meet such an asking price.
The Nou Camp, though, is said to be the preferred destination for the World Cup winner, with agent Mino Raiola supposedly ready to get a deal done, no matter the cost.
Pogba left United to head to Turin in July 2012, moving on a free transfer after rejecting the offer of a contract extension – much to the dismay of then boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
While the now 25-year-old remains a firm favourite with the Bianconeri, after spending big in the summer to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Mardid, another mega transfer in the next window would appear unlikely.
Los Blancos were said to be keen on a deal for Pogba before he opted to return to United two years ago.
However, with Real Madrid in a process of transition under new head coach Julen Lopetegui and looking to build a squad no longer dependant on Galacticos, a potential swoop for the World Cup winner might well be on the back burner for now.
Taking Les Bleus inspirational midfield enforcer back to home soil would prove a big attraction for the PSG project, now moving full steam ahead under German coach Thomas Tuchel.
Money would appear not to be an issue, backed by the deep pockets of owners Qatar Sports Investments.