REPORT: Manchester United Paul Pogba Asking Price Could Get Slashed

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

The asking price for Paul Pogba set by Manchester United could be slashed, according to Marcus Banks of the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester United Could Get Half of Their Paul Pogba Asking Price

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United Career

Paul Pogba has been a rather controversial figure at Manchester United.

The Frenchman left United in the summer of 2012 after his contract ran out and Juventus snapped him up. He rose through Juve’s ranks as a promising youngster and became one of the best midfielders in the world while playing there. He won the Serie A with the Black and Whites in all of his four seasons and even helped them to a Champions League final, which they lost to Barcelona.

In 2016, many clubs wanted to buy the Frenchman, however former club Manchester United won the race and signed him for a then world-record fee of £89 million.

Upon joining, fans expected Pogba to have an immediate impact on the team, making them title contenders, however that was not the case. He has not lived up to the price tag placed on his head when he rejoined the Red Devils, having struggled with injuries and form. Last season, he scored 13 goals and assisted nine times, and had been playing tremendously well since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as permanent manager there. He would have looked to continue that this campaign, but has suffered from a recurring ankle injury, appearing just eight times in all competitions.

Coronavirus Hitting the Financial Side of Football

The Coronavirus has hit football hard in many ways, not least financially. Although those in the lower leagues will have more monetary struggles in the coming months, it will also be difficult for the European powerhouses as well, and this could impact how much money the Red Devils get from selling Pogba. According to CIES, United’s want-away midfielder could have his value slashed almost in half. Due to his age, contract situation, lack of game-time and the Coronavirus pandemic currently plummeting the world into uncertain times, his value could decrease from €65 million to just €35 million.

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