Manchester United will demand £140m for Paul Pogba in the summer but are hopeful that Jose Mourinho and the Frenchman can resolve their differences, according to reports.
The 25-year-old’s relationship with his manager has soured since the turn of the year and he picked up criticism from Mourinho following Man United’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
That said, Mourinho was full of praise for his midfielder following an improved performance against AFC Bournemouth, noting in the mixed section afterwards that Pogba had earned his place in the starting XI for Saturday’s FA Cup final.
But according to the Mail, the manager and Pogba have hardly spoken this week and the club would reluctantly accept bids starting at £140m if the pair continue to fall out.
The report also states that the club is reluctant to countenance a move away for Pogba because they expect five other players to leave.
This whole story just smells very much like the Mail, doesn’t it? To suggest that an insurmountable disjunct between Pogba and Mourinho is just wrong.
The 55-year-old’s comments after the Bournemouth game were reflective of a man who, beyond the frustration, admires the talent of his star player, while Pogba’s display at the Vitality Stadium was hardly a sign of him no longer pulling his weight under Mourinho.