Man United expect Paul Pogba to travel on pre-season tour of Australia
Manchester United expect Paul Pogba to travel on pre-season tour of Australia and Asia despite and Real Madrid and Juventus chasing £150m move for unsettled star
- Paul Pogba is eyeing ‘a new challenge’ after three years at Manchester United
- Real Madrid and Juventus are both pushing to sign the £150million midfielder
- United insist he is not for sale and want him to travel on their pre-season tour
- They head to Australia on July 8 before trips to China and Singapore
However, United are insistent Pogba is not for sale and would look for a huge £150million fee if they were to allow him to leave.
Manchester United expect Paul Pogba to be on their pre-season tour despite recent comments
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his side to Australia on July 8 before trips to China and Singapore
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his side to Australia on July 8 for a game against Perth Glory the following Saturday before trips to China and Singapore.
They are planning for Pogba to take part in the tour even with a move potentially on the cards.
‘We’ll travel to Perth with the full first-team squad,’ Solskjaer said on Wednesday.
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‘Everyone should be available to be picked, hopefully they’re fit when they come back so the first team are going to be there.’
Despite facing criticism from fans and pundits for his inconsistent performances for United, Pogba is still the club’s most marketable player.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to sign Pogba and take him on their pre-season tour
They see his involvement in the tour as crucial given the commercial commitments that run alongside the pre-season preparations.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane wants Pogba to go on their tour instead, but faces a race against time to get the deal done with the Spanish giants travelling to Canada on the same day as United’s departure.
Zidane wants the French midfielder linking up with other new signings Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, Luca Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy.
That could make for a tense first week of July with Pogba likely to be reporting back for duty at United on July 1. Zidane wants Pogba to have that extra week of holidays instead of joining up with United.
Juventus, who recently appointed Maurizio Sarri as manager, want Pogba to return to Italy
Juventus, meanwhile, are growing increasingly confident that they can fend off competition from Madrid and bring Pogba back to the club.
Bringing in the midfielder would help to reduce Juventus’ dependency on Cristiano Ronaldo, although United are unlikely to sell Pogba for much less than their £150million valuation.
Both sides were given renewed hope by Pogba’s recent comments, though. He said last week: ‘I have been three years in Manchester and have been doing great – some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody, like everywhere else.
‘After this season and everything that happened, with my season being my best season … it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.’