Paul Pogba ‘considering’ running down deal to depart Man United as free agent

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The latest word stemming from the English media on Friday has hinted at an upcoming Manchester United exit for Paul Pogba.

Pogba back on song

For the first time in some time, speculation surrounding the future of Red Devils midfielder Pogba proved largely subdued this past summer.

The Frenchman endured a somewhat hit-and-miss campaign at Old Trafford in 2019/20, with a series of ankle problems having restricted him to just 16 Premier League appearances.

Significantly, though, 9 of these outings came on the back of the forced Covid-19 break, with Pogba having gone on to play a key role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men clinching a top-4 berth.

The 27-year-old also formed an encouraging partnership alongside Bruno Fernandes at the heart of United’s midfield, with Pogba, all told, having looked genuinely content in the colours of the Manchester giants as the campaign drew to a close.

Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on June 30, 2020. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP)

Such factors, when also taking into consideration the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on clubs around the globe, in turn, saw the rumours surrounding Pogba’s name fizzle out almost completely ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Old Trafford struggles

This, however, all changed early last month.

Speaking to the media whilst on international duty with France, the gifted midfielder was drawn on a potential move to Real Madrid down the line.

And Pogba point blank refused to rule out the possibility, going as far as to label a Bernabeu switch ‘a dream’:

‘We have all heard that things have been said. What to say? Yes, all footballers would love to play for Real Madrid. It might be a dream.’

‘It is a dream for me, why not one day?’

Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

The weeks since what many viewed as essentially a ‘come and get me’ plea to Real, meanwhile, have seen Pogba majorly struggle for game-time.

In fact, across the club’s 7 outings on the back of the October international break, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer afforded his star midfielder just 2 starts.

Such woes even saw Pogba himself label the last couple of months as ‘the most difficult in my career’.

Free agent exit?

As such, fresh word doing the rounds in the media on Friday, hinting at an upcoming Old Trafford exit for the Frenchman, has come as little surprise.

What sets the latest story surrounding Pogba’s future apart from so many of the past, though, is the means by which it is claimed the 27-year-old could attempt to seal a departure.

As per The Athletic’s reliable Laurie Whitwell, United and Pogba view a parting of ways as the best solution for all parties as things stand.

The problem, however, is a lack of suitors willing to stump up the fee required to land the midfield all-rounder.

It is therefore suggested that Pogba is giving serious consideration to running down his contract in Manchester, before moving on as a free agent in the summer of 2022.

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