Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba’s saga at Old Trafford has reportedly taken another twist as his agent Mino Raiola has reportedly offered him to Barcelona
Pogba has enjoyed a very strong start to the season, recording seven assists in seven Premier League appearances for Manchester United.
His outstanding form for France has also continued, with the 28-year-old midfielder playing a starring role in their Nations League triumph against Spain during the international break.
However, his future at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side has not been as assured as his performances for club and country.
And according to ESPN, his ‘will I stay or will I go’ saga has taken another twist as Raiola has reportedly offered him to Barcelona.
The Frenchman will be a free agent next season, if a new deal with United cannot be agreed before June 30 th 2022.
If he is able to ride out his contract with the Red Devils and depart Old Trafford for a free transfer, then there is a host of clubs queuing to snap him up.
It is understood Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and a host of Premier League clubs have all been approached by Raiola.
Negotiations for his signature can begin from January 1 st , when the transfer window opens and deals can be agreed before an imminent move in the summer.
Pogba is yet to make a firm decision on his future and likely still has a lot of considering to do.
Reports from the Athletic have even suggested the club’s transfer business, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane join the club, could persuade him to U-turn and commit his future to the red half of Manchester.
He was not a million miles away from a move in the summer as PSG were regularly courting the midfield general, before they ended their business after signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
And the little magician’s former club could even be in the race to sign Pogba in the summer.
However, it is understood the Catalan’s precarious financial situation means they are cautious to any significant transfers.
Even though a transfer fee will not be needed to sign Pogba, they club are reportedly worried about the significant commission and agent’s fee Raiola will likely command for brokering the deal.
Barcelona is understood to be operating under the significant weight of a gross debt estimated to be around £1.2billion.
It was this debt, as well as La Liga rules dictating a club’s wages cannot exceed 70% of their annual turnover, which saw Messi leave the Nou Camp last summer.
While they have been able to significantly reduce their wages, current club president Joan Laporta revealed their salaries and amortisation payments will account for 80% of their predicted revenue – 10% less than the figure the league dictates.
Ronald Koeman’s side currently find themselves between a rock and a hard place, as they cannot afford the lavish transfer fees they have regularly spent over the last decade, but they also have a squad in dire need of a rebuild.
And Pogba could be one of the players they want to lead the recovery; however, whether it will be possible for them to do so is another matter entirely.