Pogba ready to leave Man Utd for free as ‘plausible’ route out of Old Trafford

Paul Pogba is prepared to stay at Manchester United beyond this season – but only so he can leave of his own accord in 2022.

The France international and World Cup winner has few clubs chasing his signature in the current climate.

Covid-19 has left many of Europe’s top clubs pleading poverty, including La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The former is Pogba’s long desired destination, where he would team up with French icon Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Ex-Juventus star Pogba has never truly fulfilled his potential at Old Trafford since returning in 2016.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at present, the 27-year-old can’t even get in the starting XI, even while United are struggling on the whole.

Donny van de Beek was brought in during the summer and could serve as a long-term replacement for Pogba.

And is looks like the midfielder’s mind over his own future has been made up.

Despite contract discussions being talked up earlier this year, Pogba now has no intention of extending his stay in Manchester.

The Athletic say Pogba wants to leave – which was announced by agent Mino Raiola last year – and doing so as a free agent is seen as a plausible route for him.

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Pogba will be 29 when his current deal ends, and it would leave him with his pick of clubs, with Europe’s elite far more likely to move for him when they don’t have to worry about a transfer fee.

United would hate to lose him for free for a second time in what would be a damaging and costly blow.

They could yet try to sell him before then, but would have to take a much lower figure than the £89m they signed him for.

United still haven’t spent more than that on any other player in their history, and it has been somewhat of a failed project.

Pogba’s comments this week while away on international duty with France made his displeasure even clearer.

“This is a period that I haven’t previously experienced in my career, as I’ve been used to playing all the time and getting into my rhythm, so that’s suddenly changed,” Pogba said, describing France as “like a window that opens up, it’s a breath of fresh air”.

The United ace added: “We (France) have a truly fantastic squad. When we come here, we’re all happy. We’re all pleased to see one another. We really enjoy ourselves on the pitch.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy ourselves at club level, but it’s not the same here. We’re a real family, and we have so much fun when we come here.”

Solskjaer has a decision to make over whether Pogba features when West Brom visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday (8pm).

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