Manchester United wants to sell Paul Pogba before the Euro 2020 finals in order to finance a crazy summer trip.
Pogba’s disappointing spell against United looks set to end this summer, with Real Madrid and Juventus likely to fight for the signing of the French midfielder.
26-year-old agent Mino Raiola this week said that Pogba’s future would be resolved after the European championship finals this summer.
However, United would like it to find a new club before that, in order to prevent a long transfer saga from becoming a distraction during the tight season.
They also want the sale to be completed early to give them plenty of time to reach their goals, with Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Eric Dier all on United’s shopping list this summer.
But if Pogba were to suffer an injury during the Euro 2020 finals, this could ruin United’s chances of selling him, which could delay the club’s recruiting plans and also mean having to keep a player with poorer results for longer.
United will want at least £ 83 million for Pogba, and the money raised since its likely release will immediately reinforce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team for next season.
Part of that money could be spent on Dier, who seems ready to leave Tottenham this summer after seeing his play time cut by new boss Jose Mourinho.
The midfielder’s Spurs deal expires at the end of next season and Daniel Levy, president of Tottenham, would like to avoid a repeat of the situation that has seen Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld enter the last 12 months of their contracts.
Hence, the North London club may be forced to sell to the highest bidder this summer.
Pogba has been largely disappointed since joining United for a world record of £ 89 million in 2016. He has played only eight games this season – only two of them since September – after suffering ankle problems.
It is currently set aside and is not expected to return until next month.
Asked this week if Pogba would go to Juventus, the super agent Raiola said: “Italy is like home for Paul. He wouldn’t mind going back to Juve but we’ll see what will happen after the Euros. “
The Euro 2020 finals begin on June 12, while the final will take place on July 12.