Report: Club could sign £290k p/w Man Utd man after £235m sponsorship deal

Paul Pogba could be on his way out of Manchester United this summer as he’s out of contract in the coming months and has no intention of signing a new deal, but his next destination was up in the air.

Juventus and Real Madrid are interested in procuring his signature, but the Daily Star say Barcelona could be the ones to win the race after their £235m sponsorship deal with Spotify.

The Catalan giants racked up over £1bn of debt due to years of overspending in the transfer market coupled with the global pandemic killing their revenue, but they somewhat balanced the books with an injection of cash from a Dubai company and Spotify’s deal.

Pogba wouldn’t even set them back a transfer fee as he’d be out of contract. All Barca would have to worry about is his £290k-per-week salary, an agent fee and a signing-on-fee.

The Catalan giants aren’t short of central midfielders with Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Frenkie De Jong, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, Riqui Puig and Sergi Roberto at their disposal, but Puig doesn’t command a starting place, Busquets turns 34 in July, Roberto has spent the season sidelined with injury and Gonzalez isn’t a regular, so there may be a void for Pogba to fill.

United want Pogba to stay but are resigned to lose him given their struggles in the Premier League this season. The Red Devils look set to miss out on a top-four spot despite signing Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo for £126m last summer, so Pogba may feel the grass is greener elsewhere.

He returned to Old Trafford in 2016 but has only won the Europa League and League Cup. Pogba hasn’t won a trophy since 2017, so few could blame him wanting out if Barcelona are interested.

Summary

Pogba’s return to United was meant to herald success and trophy hauls, but the club have been barren for five years, so it’s no wonder he won’t sign a new deal. Barcelona could land themselves a bargain.