Paul Pogba’s value has been slashed dramatically over the last 12 months and the Manchester United misfit could reportedly be available for just £55m this summer.
Spanish outlet Marca claim that United “no longer have any power in negotiations for Pogba” and the £185m they placed on his head last summer has now disappeared down the drain.
They report that Pogba “probably can’t move for any more than €60m, and even that relies on him regaining his fitness before the transfer window opens”.
The source also suggest that the emergence of Fede Valverde’s emergence has cooled Real Madrid’s interest in the France international, who has not kicked a ball for United since Boxing Day.
The 27-year-old midfielder, strongly linked with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid this summer, is out of contract in 2021, though United hold an option to extend that by 12 months and this week it was claimed they will trigger that as they have done with Nemanja Matic.
The club have exercised the clause in Matic’s deal and are in fact in talks about the experienced Serb staying for longer.
Only this week, according to The Sun, United were looking to trigger Pogba’s extension in order to protect their interest in the player and ensure they can claim the maximum transfer fee they can for the midfielder.
However, in the Sun’s exclusive, they claim United are, in fact, actively seeking a buyer for the player and are said to have informed interested parties of their new asking price for him.
Unlike last summer when the player admitted he was seeking a new challenge – an admission that forced United to stick a huge asking price on his head – the club are now believed to have told suitors that they can sign Pogba for ‘just £100m’.
That price has now slumped to just £55m, however, Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Pogba was staying following the Red Devils’ emphatic 5-0 victory against Austrian side LASK recently.
“Paul’s our player,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying following the Europa League win.
“He has two years left on his contract, a year plus the option of another. You can expect Paul to be here [next season], yeah.”