Paul Pogba is set to demand that Manchester United double his wages in a bid to force a move to Real Madrid, according to reports from the Daily Express.
Pogba, 26, has been with the club since arriving from Juventus in 2016 – the club he departed Old Trafford for as a free agent in 2012.
The Frenchman, a World Cup winner in 2018, has had a spell of extremely mixed fortunes after re-arriving in Manchester, with a well-documented rift with former manager Jose Mourinho leading to the midfielder being regularly dropped from the starting XI.
This summer the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, suggested that his client was looking for a new challenge, though a transfer did not materialise and Pogba remained at Old Trafford for the 2019/20 campaign.
Yet with the January transfer window looming, reports have surfaced that Raiola will demand that United double Pogba’s salary in a bid to force through a transfer.
Raiola has become a much-maligned figure within football over the last decade, often bartering for deals that offer vast financial benefit to him as an agent and to his clients. This could prove to be a difficult part of any potential transfer to Madrid, with Raiola’s adamancy on specific wage demands a potential pitfall of the deal materialising.
For now, Pogba has a serious task on his hands in ensuring United’s season is not over before it has even started, with the club sitting eighth in the Premier League table after their most recent defeat to West Ham United.