Paul Pogba has an uncertain future at Manchester United as his contract is up next summer and he’s yet to put pen to paper on an extension. The 28-year-old has been a regular since his 2016-return from Juventus, but his time at Old Trafford looks to be coming to an end.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has been saying since 2020 that his client isn’t happy in Manchester and wants out, but there hasn’t been a suitor able to match his asking price and wage demands – United paid £89m to sign Pogba five years ago and agreed a deal worth £290k-per-week/£15m-a-year.
That might price out a lot of sides, but El Nacional say Barcelona could offer him an escape route. The Catalan giants want to capitalise on Pogba’s ‘unknown future’, but there is a dispute between president Joan Laporta and new manager Xavi.
Laporte would like to sign Pogba from United while Xavi has no intention of making a move, so it remains to be seen how this story will end. Barca aren’t blessed with lucrative funds for new signings as they’re in £1bn of debt too, so can they really afford the French international?
Pogba has made 219 appearances in all competitions, scoring 38 goals with 49 assists over two stints at Old Trafford. He’s made 13 appearances across the board this season and has been a regular under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but his form has been inconsistent, discipline has been a problem and injury recently struck.
Pogba was sent off in United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool in October and has missed their last three games, so the last year of his contract in Manchester couldn’t be going worse. The Red Devils are 8th in the Premier League table with 17 points from 12 games, having suffered four defeats in their last five.
Barcelona would have to wait until next summer to sign Pogba as he’ll be a free agent. The Catalans brought in Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia on free transfers, so they’re happy to play the waiting game to land a target.