Manchester United will only consider selling Paul Pogba to Juventus if they are offered a sizeable sum of money or a swap deal involving a ‘top’ player, according to reports. The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from the Red Devils ahead of next month’s January transfer window after his agent Mino Raiola claimed that the midfielder is unhappy at the club and seeking a summer exit.
“I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United,” Raiola told Tuttosport earlier this month.
“Paul is unhappy with Man Utd as he is no longer able to express himself in the way that he would like and as he is expected to. Paul needs a new team, a change of air.”
Juventus have been tipped as potential suitors, with the Italian giants said to be keen on sealing a return for their former midfielder before the start of next season.
The Old Lady could look to tempt United into letting Pogba leave by tabling a player swap deal, with the financial effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic limiting their ability to launch a big-money bid.
However, the Red Devils would only consider trading the 27-year-old for another ‘top’ player, according to respected journalist Fabrizio Romano via CBS’s Que Golazo podcast.
This suggests that United would have no interest in bringing the likes of Aaron Ramsey or Adrien Rabiot to the club.
If a desirable swap is not possible, it is claimed that a substantial fee would suffice, with the midfielder ‘100%’ certain to leave the 20-time Premier League champions at the end of the season.
However, United may struggle to command a large sum of money in exchange for Pogba unless a number of clubs join the race for his signature.
The academy graduate has not started either of his side’s last two league matches, having been left as an unused substitute against Leeds before playing just over half an hour of the Boxing Day draw with Leicester City.
Pogba has made 175 appearances for the Red Devils since rejoining for a club-record fee in 2016, scoring 34 goals and creating another 35 in the process.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed earlier this month that the Frenchman’s teammates can convince him to remain at the club beyond this season by proving their trophy-winning credentials before the end of the campaign.
“There’s always a demand at Man United to win trophies and the more you win trophies, the more players are going to want to play for us and then there’s a higher standard you’ve got to set yourself,” Solskjaer told ESPN.
“It’s a demand for the players, it’s a challenge for the players that we want them to improve and get better and better. Paul has been here for a while and of course he wants to win more trophies.
“It’s down to us to win trophies and then let’s see who will be part of the team going forward.”