Paul Pogba is reportedly taking deliberate digs at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in order to force his club into a situation where they have to sell him.
This is according to astonishing claims by Spanish outlet Don Balon, who quote Pogba’s cryptic message after the Leicester City game and report that this is all part of his plan to get a move to Barcelona.
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The France international had a fine game against the Foxes, but spoke afterwards of how he’d ‘be fined’ if he spoke honestly about his situation at Old Trafford.
This comes as the Telegraph is among the sources reporting of Barcelona’s long-term interest in Pogba, which could see them try again with an improved bid for the 25-year-old in January or next summer, while they also speak of the player’s agent Mino Raiola being a driving force in the deal, which could mean he’s encouraged his client to behave in this way to help things along.
Don Balon add that Pogba is eager to get away from Mourinho, and this makes sense as he’s not looked an ideal fit in the Portuguese’s system at United, though it could be a risky strategy of him to purposefully make relations worse like this.
The Red Devils boss is something of a conservative manager, who is not exactly known for getting the best out of flair players or playing attacking football.
Pogba would surely be more at home at a club like Barcelona, who have a long-standing tradition of playing in a certain way, and they need a new creative midfielder after losing club legend Andres Iniesta in the summer.
It will certainly be intriguing to see how this saga plays out.
Paul Pogba does NOT sound happy with life at Manchester United…? pic.twitter.com/2BbW13uLjF
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