Manchester United have ‘accepted’ that Paul Pogba will not accept a new contract and have prepared to lose him in a free transfer at the end of the season, according to reports.
The 28-year-old Pogba has so far failed to agree to new terms to extend his second stint at Manchester United.
The French midfielder will be eligible to discuss the terms of the previous contract with clubs outside of England from January and ESPN report that United bosses have accepted that Pogba is ready to go.
Paul Pogba is reportedly not signing a new deal as bosses agree he will be leaving Old Trafford.
Manchester United re-signed Pogba for £ 89 million in 2016, but he has since proven to be a divisive figure among experts and supporters and recently found himself out of the starting lineup.
Calls for him and his agent Mino Raiola to agree to a new long-term contract have so far been dismissed and the report explains that there is a growing belief that he will leave the club for nothing.
United could look to raise some money by selling him in January, but his suitors, who have previously included Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, are said to be focusing on next summer when he can join for free. .
Pogba has found himself a replacement lately and can speak to foreign clubs in January.
Pogba has prospered for France, but his second spell at Old Trafford has been inconsistent
When asked about the talks on a new deal, Raiola recently said The times: ‘I’d have to ask Manchester United about it. At this moment everything is calm. There is no update. ‘
There would be a sense of deja vu at United if he leaves next summer, given that this is the second time he has exhausted his contract at Old Trafford.
Pogba left United, frustrated by the lack of opportunities as a young player with Sir Alex Ferguson, to join Juventus on a free return in 2012.
According to reports from ABC Earlier this month, Real are set to offer Pogba just under £ 12 million a year with a transfer bonus of just over £ 25 million to convince him to trade Old Trafford for the Bernabéu at the end of the season.
The Spanish media claims that Raiola is pushing for the deal to be reached and that Real hope to pair Pogba and Kylian Mbappé with their French teammate Karim Benzema.
Pogba is currently serving a three-game suspension in the Premier League after he came in and saw red for a reckless challenge on Naby Keita in Liverpool’s 5-0 humiliation.
The midfielder’s reckless tackle on Naby Keita saw an initial yellow card updated to red
Club legend Paul Scholes says ‘disrespectful’ Pogba shouldn’t play another game for the club
After that capitulation against Liverpool, who saw him sent off just 15 minutes after entering as a substitute, club legend Paul Scholes said he wouldn’t be upset if that was his last outing for the club.
He told Premier League Productions: ‘To say a disappointing day would be an understatement.
I think we all realize that it has been difficult, I just think the coach got caught up in the excitement of the comeback. [against Atalanta in the Champions League] Wednesday night.
We keep coming back to that game, but you were never going to do that against Liverpool, they have too much quality.
“ I don’t think it was a lack of effort, I think they tactically set up a way that this could happen and sadly it did.
‘Paul Pogba comes onto the field at halftime to try to help the team and maybe get a little respectability about it, he tries to stand on the ball, he tries to show how strong he is in midfield … goal away.
Then later, he gets kicked out with a ridiculous tackle. You are now 5-0 down with 10 men. You would have to think, if Ole continues to coach there, will we ever see Pogba in the United jersey again?
Pogba left United free when he was young in 2012 and there is a feeling that history repeats itself
It has caused chaos in recent years. Everyone knows the talent he has, everyone trusts him, all the coaches trust him, they tried to give him the head and let him be the player that he has been.
But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club for ransom, and then he comes in and does something like that.
“It’s not Ole’s fault, don’t get me wrong, but that’s part of that which almost sums up United’s performance today.
‘Look, it will probably play [again] Won the? But I don’t think they’re missing anything if he doesn’t.
‘He’s had numerous chances, he keeps saying he’s lacking consistency, but that’s just [a lack of] discipline and lack of respect for his coach and his teammates, which he did today. ‘