Paul Pogba is “heading” for Manchester United’s exit door, says Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic.
United bought him from Juventus in 2016 for a fee of £94.5mbiggest transfer in premier league history before Romelu Lukaku (£101.7m) and Jack Grealish (£105.75m) moved to Chelsea and Manchester City respectively last summer.
On Saturday, as Manchester United overtook bottom-of-the-table Norwich City at home, United fans booed Pogba, who responded by holding his ear.
The Frenchman is not the only player ready to walk on a free transfer this summer, with Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata all out of contract too.
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Speaking live on Sky Sports News on Sunday afternoon, Whitwell said the ship had sailed.
He says Pogba has shown little interest in signing a lucrative contract, and believes his reception on Saturday confirmed the inevitability of his exit.
“It’s going that way [Pogba leaving at the end of the season],” he said.
“United offered him a really big contract last summer – £400,000 a week – and he left it there because they hadn’t offered him a contract the year before when he felt maybe he wanted one.
He later added: “There was doubt before that [the booing] that he would definitely leave, but I think that really puts the underlying score in that situation.
Will future manager Erik ten Hag have played a role in this decision?
fabrice romano reported earlier this month that Ten Hag had demanded “100%” involvement in “present and future transfer strategy”, including new contracts.
The Dutchman has since verbally agreed to become the new directorpotentially indicating that these requests have been met.
It’s possible he shed some light on Pogba’s exit, or it could be that United are already resigned to that outcome.
It remains to be seen whether he intervenes to try to prevent Lingard, Cavani or Mata from leaving.
In other news, United have held a meeting with this superstar’s agent.