Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola is trying to engineer a sensational deal for the Manchester United star to leave Old Trafford for Barcelona.
Pogba returned for pre-season training on Monday and sources close to him say he would be open to a move despite United’s insistence on Monday that he is not for sale.
It is believed that the premiership giant rejected an opening offer from Barcelona of £44.6million plus two players — Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.
However, the fact that Raiola is touting Pogba to Barcelona — apparently with his client’s blessing — is a worrying development for United after a difficult pre-season, and comes so close to United’s Premier League opener at home to Leicester on Friday.
United are aware that it could be a ploy by Pogba’s representative to secure him a new contract on the same terms as £500,000-a-week top earner Alexis Sanchez. Raiola is known to have approached United about a raise for Pogba after Sanchez moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January.
Recall that Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho grew increasingly strained last season,
The situation has not been helped by Mourinho’s negative comments about Pogba’s success with France at the World Cup, made on several occasions during United’s recent tour of the US, that went down very badly with the player.
Instead of praising Pogba’s performances, Mourinho urged him to ‘understand’ why he had done so well in Russia and appeared to suggest the player lacked the same focus for his club.
Culled from Daily Mail