Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly texted the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to inform him he wants a transfer to Barcelona.
In a nightmare finish to this transfer window for United, it looks increasingly as though they face the prospect of losing their record signing and one of the top players in Europe in a deal that would likely hugely anger supporters.
The latest update is that Pogba is desperate for a move to Barca and has made this clear to Woodward as well as to his team-mates, while manager Jose Mourinho has previously indicated he’d be ready to let the France international go, according to the Daily Mail.
BBC Sport noted that Pogba became United’s record purchase back in 2016, in a deal that was one of the most high-profile and exciting in Europe that summer.
It’s fair to say, however, that the 25-year-old has struggled to hit top form at Old Trafford and an exit now makes sense.
Pogba doesn’t seem an ideal fit for manager Mourinho, and the Mail note that he’s not happy playing under the Portuguese, having also been unhappy at the way the boss spoke about his form as he helped France win the World Cup this summer.
Now a world champion, it makes sense that Pogba has the increased confidence to push for a big move, as he’d surely fit in well at a top team focused on attacking football as Barcelona are.
The Catalan giants could do with a creative midfield signing after losing club legend Andres Iniesta at the end of last season.