Alan Shearer has noted he would not be surprised to see Paul Pogba leave Manchester United before the European transfer deadline.
The Frenchman was reportedly left exasperated at Jose Mourinho’s comments on his performances at the World Cup in Russia.
Barcelona are keen on signing the midfielder, offering Man United £45m plus Yerry Mina as well as Andre Gomes last week, and Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is working hard to push a deal through.
And Shearer believes the chances of a deal being agreed for Pogba before August 31 are high.
“I suspect the Paul Pogba situation will be a fascinating one to observe and see what pans out,” Shearer wrote in his column for The Sun.
“I’ve read this week about Pogba wanting to leave before the European transfer deadline at the end of the month and in truth that wouldn’t surprise me.”
Contrary to Shearer’s claim, Pogba has not once expressed a desire to leave United before the deadline this summer.
The 25-year-old will be well aware of Man United’s outright refusal to sell him this summer. Mourinho, who made him captain for the 2-1 win over Leicester City, certainly doesn’t want him going anywhere. Barcelona, crucially, also understand that getting Pogba over the next few weeks will be impossible.
Another season devoid of trophies or joy, however, may well open the door for Barcelona to capitalise on Pogba’s situation at Old Trafford.