According to Spanish outlet ABC, Paul Pogba is prepared to go on strike and take a wage cut in order to leave Manchester United and join Real Madrid.
Well, the French midfielder enjoyed an impressive personal campaign in 2018/19, netting 16 goals and recording 10 assists across all competitions.
However, he dominated the headlines for all the wrong reasons by constantly being in the transfer spotlight, talking up a move to Real Madrid mid-season which appeared to affect his form – he was not involved in a goal in the final six games of the campaign.
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According to ABC’s report, Pogba will take a pay cut from €15m (£13.4m) per year to €11m (£9.8m), which would see him fall in line with Eden Hazard’s earnings in the Spanish capital and behind the club’s top earner and captain Sergio Ramos.
Even if it ends up being for the £89m they signed him for, or a bit less, United need to just cut their losses on this controversial midfield figure.
They already seem to be doing similar in allowing divisive figure Romelu Lukaku to leave the club for a fee of £80m, another player who grabbed headlines for the wrong reasons last term with a number of poor finishes in big games.
Pogba is another man who, win lose or draw, takes all of the attention at Old Trafford and is not the type of figure United need around the club as they hope the embark on a new, fresh era – the deal to bring Dan James to the club over an experienced ego shows that shift in mindset.
If Pogba stays, his presence would leave lingering negativity from Jose Mourinho’s reign and the wretched end to last term under Solskjaer. It would be best for everyone if this chaotic figure just left the club.
He clearly wants the move given the fact he is prepared to take a pay cut and even go on strike, so just give him his wish, reinvest the money and move on.