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United confident over Pogba

The French midfielder is set to stay

Will be off soon?
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Manchester United are confident that Paul Pogba will remain at the club with transfer plans across Europe in disarray.

The 27-year-old French midfielder had wanted to move in the summer after a year of underperformance, which followed three years of underperformance since his move from Juventus.

His agent Mino Raiola had made it plain that he was keen on arranging a move to another club this summer, but that has now been put on hold as it is not yet clear when the next transfer window will take place, the Mirror reports.

Premier League football is currently indefinitely suspended because of coronavirus, with the current postponement until 30 April likely to be put back further. A report in the Independent suggests that a World Cup style jamboree could be held in the months of June and July this summer in order to fulfill contractual obligations with broadcasters. The government are also supposedly keen to give the country something entertaining and to help them stay indoors.

However, there is no sign that the coronavirus crisis in Spain or Italy is going to be under real control in the near future. That has blown both Real Madrid and Juventus’ transfer plans off course, with the Spaniards not interested in finalising their transfer plans until things become clearer.

Meanwhile, Juventus have had to negotiate a significant pay cut for its existing players, suggesting that any transfers in the future will not be easily financed.

Manchester United have been reportedly content to sell Pogba for between £100-150 million, and that kind of figure is likely beyond the abilities of all but the richest clubs.

United have been linked with a string of their own big-money moves in the summer/whenever this nightmare ends, including Leicester City’s James Maddison, Jack Grealish of Aston Villa, and Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho.