KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United hasn't entered any deal for Paul Pogba in the January transfer window
  • Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano revealed what the Red Devils are demanding from suitors for Pogba
  • Romano said the player's agent Mino Raiola will still be open for negotiations in the summer

A transfer insider may have unfolded the truth behind the stalled, rumored move of Paul Pogba away from Manchester United.

Prior to the January window, it can be recalled that Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola publicly stated that the World Cup winner is eyeing a return to Juventus.

However, sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, who is known for delivering credible transfer news, told Caught Offside that Pogba’s move to the Old Lady was stalled because the Red Devils have “always” demanded €100 million ($137 million) before letting the midfielder go.

“The most interesting thing to see next summer about Pogba will be the price of the player, just because he’ll have just one year left on his contract and Manchester United already made one big mistake with Pogba – losing him for free when he was 18 or 19 and joined Juventus,” Romano explained.

“They’ve [Man United] always been asking for €100 million ($137 million),” he continued. “Also last summer when Juventus were proposing a possible swap deal, including different players – Douglas Costa, Miralem Pjanic, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey – United always said ‘no, we don’t want swap deals, we want money’. That’s the situation, but let’s see if next summer Manchester United will be open to swap deals and let’s see what will be the price for the player. To pay €100 million for a player with one year left on his contract is not so easy.”

With just 24 hours left before the current transfer window closes, Pogba is likely to stay at Old Trafford. But according to Romano, Raiola is still pushing for a “change” and it is expected that the agent will attempt to take Pogba out of Man United again in the summer.

“Everything is open, and the plan for Mino Raiola is to change,” the insider revealed. “He’s still planning to move Paul Pogba next summer to another club. His plan is to find a solution. It’s open.”

“Even after Raiola spoke, Pogba started to show his best form for Manchester United,” he pointed out. “It’s a strange situation, but he’s been a great professional. The day after the words from Raiola he spoke with Solskjaer and told him ‘I will be the best professional as always, don’t worry, nothing’s going to change’. Who knows in football? If no one is paying what Manchester United want, why not (stay), but at the moment the plan is for him to change club.”

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates scoring against Fulham Pogba and Fernandes have been crucial for Man Utd in the ongoing season. Photo: POOL / PETER CZIBORRA