Paul Pogba keen to Manchester United after Barcelona bid
Tthe 25-year-old — France World Cup star Paul Pogba who scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia — has agreed terms with Barcelona for a deal worth £89.5 million ($115 million, 100 million euros) over five years, according to the Daily Mail.
Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports.
Pogba fell out with manager Jose Mourinho several times last season, with the pair arguing over his best position, while he was not happy with comments the Portuguese coach made about his World Cup displays either.
The Sun claims the former Juventus star — who joined United for a then world-record fee of £89 million in 2016 — has demanded the Premier League side increase his wages from £180,000 to £380,000 a week so he is paid almost on a par with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, otherwise he will leave.
Pogba currently earns £180k-a-week at Old Trafford, but has demanded an enormous pay hike that would give him wage parity with January signing Alexis Sanchez on £380k-a-week.
meanwhile,Pogba has told teammates at United that he would like to move to Camp Nou, though Barcelona will need to significantly increase their offer to convince United to sell so late in the window.
United, though, would be most reluctant to sell him, with the Daily Mail reporting they have already rejected a bid by Barcelona of £44.5 million plus Colombian central defender Yerry Mina and Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes.
Mourinho has expressed his frustration over the club’s transfer policy, and Pogba’s departure would leave little time for executive chairman Ed Woodward to find a suitable replacement with the Premier League transfer window due to close on Thursday.
Pogba’s super agent Mino Raiola — who was also instrumental in bringing Romelu Lukaku to United last summer — has remained out of the fray, refusing to comment on links with Barcelona.
“I will never make declarations about Paul,” said the Dutch-Italian agent, who is reported to have earned just over £40 million when Pogba moved to United.