Verratti plus cash offers Mourinho perfect solution to Pogba conundrum

Manchester United have been offered Marco Verratti plus cash for Paul Pogba this summer, according to The Sun.

What’s the story, then?

The Sun report that have taken a chance and enquired about the availability of United’s club-record signing, who is currently at the World Cup with his native France.

They also claim that Verratti was on the verge of signing a new contract worth £9m per year but the French champions are now willing to listen to offers – including cash only ones – for the Italian international.

They add that there is no indication as yet of whether United are willing to let Pogba leave this summer.

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This is the perfect solution for Mourinho

It is becoming increasingly clear that Mourinho thought he was getting a Michael Essien-style midfielder in Pogba, who lacks the positional discipline to play in a midfield duo, preferring to play further forward instead.

The issue is recouping the bumper transfer fee United paid for the French international and using it efficiently to sign a replacement, but that would be eradicated by a swap deal for Verratti.

If PSG are willing to give United some cash as well, then the deal would be even sweeter; allowing Pogba to return to France, ending his awkward marriage of convenience with Mourinho and procuring an elite replacement in one swoop.