Manchester United would have considered offers around £170m for France international Paul Pogba before last week’s transfer deadline, according to The Daily Mail.
The reports follow rumours the France international told teammates that he wouldn’t turn up for the club’s pre-season tour, before turning up anyway.
The publication are also reporting that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward blocked a move to Barcelona last summer, and followed suit this summer after interest from Real Madrid.
Pogba has just a year left on his contract next summer, but the Old Trafford giants have an option to extend his contract by a year.
Pogba has been linked with a move away from Manchester United following an interview he gave during June. The 26-year-old stated that now ‘could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else’, while away in Japan.
The interview followed a less than loving relationship between the Old Trafford faithful and Pogba, with the Frenchman suffering verbal abuse following the 2-0 loss at home to Cardiff City last season (as picked up on by the Daily Express).
The central midfielder enjoyed a good campaign with the north-west club last season as he finished as the club’s top scorer and top creator in all competitions.
Last season, Pogba also topped the charts for the most shots, most key passes, most dribbles and most fouls won per game (via WhoScored). These are staggering figures when you look at the attacking talent the club possess.
That trend continued during the club’s opening Premier League game against Chelsea last Sunday. Pogba led the team with the most assists, most passes, most key passes and most through balls. His creative spark is too crucial for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer going forward this season, and he should be kept.
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