Manchester United set ‘surprising’ asking price for Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has one year to run on his Manchester United deal (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United have set a £68.8million asking price for midfielder Paul Pogba, with Juventus said to be ‘surprised’ by the Red Devils’ valuation of the France star.

Pogba rejoined United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89m but he has just one year to run on his deal at Old Trafford and he appears no closer to agreeing an extension.

United fear Pogba will allow his contract to run down before leaving on a free transfer in 2022.

Given the difficult financial climate, United would reluctantly opt to sell Pogba if he intimates that he will not sign a new deal.

Pogba is yet to agree an extension (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

With just 12 months left on his deal, United would be put in a weak position as they open up to offers for the World Cup winner, who has attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

But lI Corriere dello Sport claim Juventus have been ‘surprised’ by United’s valuation of Pogba, with United seeking a reported £68.8m to let the midfielder leave this summer.

Given United’s asking price, it’s unlikely that any club will pay for Pogba this summer as they could sign him on a free transfer in 12 months.

Pogba commands wages of around £290,000-a-week at the Theatre of Dreams and could feasibly fetch around £400,000-a-week if he leaves on a free transfer, as well as earning a huge signing-on fee.

Should Pogba leave, Donny van de Beek will be given a more prominent role at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman was signed from Ajax for a fee of around £35m last summer but made just four Premier League starts as he was stuck behind the likes of Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay.

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