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Manchester United hopeful of keeping Paul Pogba

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The French midfielder has been linked with Juventus and Real Madrid.

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Despite an abundance of reports over the last couple of months suggesting Paul Pogba is angling for a move away from Manchester United, unnamed sources have told ESPN that the club are optimistic of keeping him beyond the summer. The Frenchman has been linked with a move back to his former club Juventus, or to Real Madrid. Pogba’s contract is due to run until 2021, though United are likely to activate a clause that would trigger an automatic year’s extension.

The ESPN report claims that Real Madrid were interested in signing the World Cup winner last summer, but were (understandably) deterred by the eye-watering £180 million figure quoted by United. Juventus are also said to be questioning whether they’d be able to finance a return for a player instrumental in their Serie A title wins between 2013 and 2016. He’s said to want £300,000 per week.

Pogba, like the rest of the United squad, is currently training at home while United’s Carrington training ground remains closed in a bid to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. He’s made only five league starts for the Reds so far this season, and we can’t help but wonder if it might be worth cutting our losses.