Tuesday 23 July 2019

Pogba fears missing Real boat

Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

James Ducker

Paul Pogba already fears he could be priced out of a move to Real Madrid this summer.

The France midfielder publicly admitted over the weekend that he wanted to leave Manchester United, with Real known to be his preferred destination, despite Juventus's interest in bringing him back to Turin three years after his move to Old Trafford.

But United are sticking to their £160m valuation and the 26-year-old is already thought to be harbouring doubts about whether Real can make an offer big enough, and soon enough, to tempt the club to sell and still give them time to find a replacement.

Real value Pogba at much closer to the £89m that United paid Juventus in 2016, but know that it could take a bid of about £150m to force United to the table.

Pogba's United team-mate Juan Mata has signed a new two-year contract with the club, bringing speculation over his future to an end. Mata's existing deal at Old Trafford was set to expire at the end of the month, with United at risk of losing the Spaniard on a free transfer.

Mata signed from Chelsea in 2014 in a £37.1m deal. The 31-year-old's new contract will last until 2021, with United able to trigger a further one-year extension.

"It is a real honour to continue to represent this amazing club and our incredible fans," said Mata who was hailed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as "one of the most intelligent players I have worked with". (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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