Manchester United have slapped a £200 million price tag on Paul Pogba as the relationship between the French World Cup star and his manager Jose Mourinho took a major turn for the worse.
The pair have not seen eye-to-eye on a number of occasions, with Pogba dropped on several occasions last season due to his inconsistency and perceived issues with his attitude. However, after his success In Russia in the summer he wore the captain’s armband on several occasions at the start of the season, and their relationship seemed to be improving.
All that changed after Saturday’s disappointing draw with Wolves, with Mourinho heavily critical of Pogba’s part in the equaliser that United conceded. For his part, Pogba made remarks after the game, questioning the negative tactics and approach adopted by the Portuguese.
That proved to be a bridge too far for Mourinho, who publicly stripped him of his role as second United captain before his side’s home defeat to Carabao Cup against Derby on Tuesday night, saying that he lacked the leadership skills necessary to skipper the side.
As The Daily Mirror reports, with United backing their manager, it now looks like Pogba will be sold, although the £200 million price that they are reported to want for him is likely to deter even the wealthiest of suitors, like PSG.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.