Real Madrid: Manchester United open to Paul Pogba sale

Manchester United are open to the idea of selling star midfielder Paul Pogba in the January transfer window, according to reports.

El Mundo Deportivo cite reports from England that United are open to cashing in on the midfield to pursue two new midfielders along with a forward.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is said to be a target along with Ajax’s Donny van de Beek and RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.

However, the reports add that Pogba is still valued at €150m by United while El Mundo Deportivo said earlier this week that Madrid weren’t prepared to pay more than €50m.

It follows a report in ESPN which highlighted how club president Perez and senior officials are not keen on a move for the Frenchman – whose valuation they view as excessive – and would prefer to pursue other midfield targets.

The emergence of Fede Valverde in Madrid’s side is said to be further dissuading the club, who would prefer a move for one of Christian Eriksen, Fabian Ruiz or van de Beek – three other midfield options.

The central midfielder has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid with his compatriot Zidane said to be a big admirer of his ability.

The French international’s contract at Old Trafford expires in June 2021 and with less than two years remaining, it is now entering a critical stage.

Pogba could leave for free that summer or his transfer valuation could be significantly reduced next summer if a new agreement has still not been reached.

It could be that United decide to cash in on their star midfielder – and would reportedly be willing to sell for €150m – in order to generate reinvestment in other areas of their squad.

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