Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future remains unclear. The superstar Frenchman has barely played football this season. For me, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Going into an important summer for the Red Devils, the last thing they want is to lose a vital cog, particularly as they’re hoping to take that next step under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Well, it seems as though Pogba still wants out. That’s according to L’Equipe (Monday print edition), who, of course, involve the Frenchman in a transfer special. Thanks to Sport Witness for the translation.
Apparently, the United star is ‘determined’ to leave the club, while he could invoke a FIFA ruling to help manoeuvre his exit from Old Trafford.
Given the fact that Pogba has completed the first three years of his deal, with two left (one year plus a one-year contract extension), the Frenchman could invoke Article 17 of FIFA’s transfer regulations.
This would entail Pogba buying out the remainder of his contract, with L’Equipe suggesting that amount could be put at €50-60m – an awful lot of money…
They do add that this would start a transfer ‘war’ which isn’t Pogba’s intention at this point in time. Simply put, it’s an option United’s #6 could explore if things aren’t going his way.
It’s an odd situation. United, rightly, want to protect their asset and maximise sell-on value. That’s easier said than done given how little we’ve seen of Pogba this term, plus there’s one year fewer left on his deal.
This could realistically be the summer during which Pogba’s price is at its highest. After the 2020/21 term, he’d be entering into his final year, which is a situation no club wants to be in.
I still think we’ll cash in and get whatever we can for him during this summer – unless he has a remarkable change of heart and agrees to a new deal, which I don’t think is happening anytime soon.