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Manchester United reduce asking price for Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba of Manchester United shows his disappointment after the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between RB Leipzig and Manchester United at Red Bull Arena on December 08, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany.
Paul Pogba of Manchester United shows his disappointment after the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between RB Leipzig and Manchester United at Red Bull Arena on December 08, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany.
Matthew Peters

Manchester United have reportedly slashed their asking price for Paul Pogba as they aim to move him on in the January transfer window.

A storm is brewing at United ever since Pogba's agent Mino Raiola claimed the midfielder's career with the club was over.

In an extraordinary interview, Raiola claimed that Pogba is "unhappy" at United and that the club would have to sell him in either of the next two transfer windows.

The midfielder was the most expensive player in the world when United brought him back from Juventus in 2016. However, Pogba has suffered with inconsistency since.

The Frenchman, whose contract expires in 2022, has started just five Premier League games this season – although he did score a wonder goal as a starter in their last game against West Ham.

Raiola's latest claims have delivered a hammer blow to any hopes that Pogba would be able to resurrect his United career and will have done little to improve his relationship with the club.

The midfielder came off the bench on Tuesday night against RB Leipzig as United crashed out of Europe. After the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit back at Raiola with some home truths about the midfielder.

Signs of how his agent's actions have divided the club then came to the fore in obvious fashion. That's when former teammates and pundits Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes strongly disagreed about the best course of action over Pogba.

Now, according to The Sun, United are desperate to part ways with the midfielder in January.

The paper claims the Red Devils have lowered his asking price to 'just £50m' in a bid to find a taker.

That is likely to tempt Juventus, who were on Wednesday linked with a potential swap deal.

That valuation will see United lose the best part of £40m from their original £89.3m investment. However, with the player's contract expiring in 2022, United don't believe his form will improve significantly in that time to rise further. And with the clock ticking on his future, they see it better to sell now.

Furthermore, the paper reports United are desperate to rid themselves of Pogba's troublesome agent Raiola. Selling Pogba in January might be seen as bowing to his agent's demands.

However, United simply believe now the club would be better off without the baggage Pogba and his representative bring.

- TEAMtalk media

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