Today’s edition of L’Équipe reports that Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba remains determined to leave the Premier League club this summer.
Contrary to what Mino Raiola suggested in mid February, the 27-year-old will not return to Juventus, four years after leaving the Italian Serie A holders.
But he wants to leave and the idea of joining Real Madrid is still enticing for him. With two years remaining on his current deal, Pogba has declined all attempts from Manchester United to begin contract extension talks.
If he wants to, he could technically enact Article 17 of FIFA’s rules around transfer, which enables him to terminate his contract with immediate effect after the three year protection/prevention period within his current deal, which was signed for 5 years in 2017, comes to an end. The indemnity that the Red Devils would be due would depend on the number of years left on his contract and the costs incurred by the club. In Pogba’s case, that fee would be expected to be between €50m and €60m.
For the moment, the player has no intention of going down this road, as it would equate to a declaration of war against Manchester United, without knowing for the moment that Real Madrid are 100% behind his acquisition this summer. The Red Devils themselves are not as opposed to his departure this summer as they were last year either.