Both the Italian and English media are currently reporting that United have given the green light for a transfer to take place and have down their selling price for the Frenchman.
Where the 2 countries’ press differ – by a huge amount – is in reference to what that selling price is.
The Sun is saying that the Red Devils are slashing £30 million off their original selling price of £180 million, resulting in a ‘special offer price’ of £150 million.
Meanwhile, each Tuttosport and Calciomercato report that United’s original selling price was between £110 and £117 million, that they’re currently ready to reduce to some £75 to £84 million.
With the Sun’s rumored worth double that of Tuttosport and Calciomercato, clearly somebody is wrong. And logic would dictate that the Italians are closer than the Sun to the player’s true market price, given his injury issues, erratic form and questionable work ethic.
It is an advanced scenario. The Reds try to reconstruct a side capable of challenging for the Premier League and would be losing a world class player if they were to sell the 26-year-old. And whereas there’ll be just one year left on the Frenchman’s contract in June, United do have the choice of extending it by an extra year.
On the other hand, each player and agent have perpetually agitated for a move and curious delays to the player’s recovery from an ankle joint injury – combined with a physical absence from old Trafford and United’s training camps – have placed serious question marks over his commitment to playing for the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has in public remained very positive concerning Pogba’s personality and attitude and concerning their relationship with each other.
However, the manager’s words appear to be the sole ones coming out of old Trafford that have something positive left to mention concerning the player’s future as a Manchester United player.