Manchester United star Paul Pogba is eyeing up leaving the club on a free transfer for the second time, according to reports. Pogba has long been linked with a move away from Old Trafford since returning to the club in 2016 for a then world-record transfer fee of £89million. However, no club has stumped up the money United would demand for the France international.
United triggered the one-year extension in Pogba’s contract earlier this season.
However, that only keeps him at the club until the summer of 2022.
Pogba would be able to speak to foreign clubs regarding a free transfer from January 2021 unless he signs a new contract.
He first left United in 2012 after failing to agree a new deal under Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Pogba joined Juventus and earned a reputation as one of Europe’s top midfielders.
And The Athletic say the 27-year-old thinks leaving as a free agent again would be his best option.
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Pogba believes that would allow him to have “his pick” of clubs in 2022, when he will be 29.
Pogba has started just four of United’s seven Premier League matches so far this season and revealed his disappointment at his lack of game time during the recent international break.
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In an interview over the weekend, he suggested he is enjoying his time with France more than he is at United.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Pogba is right to be upset at his performances and lack of minutes.
The Red Devils welcome West Brom to Old Trafford tonight (8pm) and Solskjaer says Pogba is now close to full match fitness.
“I spoke to Paul today about it,” Solskjaer said.
“Of course he’s not been happy when he’s not playing, and not playing really well.
“He’s not been happy with his performances. He plays in the same position for France and he does for us, so that’s not a different scenario.
“It’s about getting momentum and rhythm and he felt really strong towards the end against Portugal and towards the end of the game with Sweden, which is natural because he had Covid and he needed time.
“That’s the same with all of our players – they look stronger and fitter and he’s the same.”
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