Manchester United have “accepted” that Paul Pogba will not accept a new contract and prepared to lose him in a free transfer at the end of the season, according to reports.
Pogba, 28, has so far failed to agree to new terms to extend his second stay at Manchester United.
The French midfielder will be eligible to discuss pre-contract terms with clubs outside England as early as January and ESPN report United bosses have agreed that Pogba is set to leave.
Paul Pogba reportedly not signing new deal as bosses agree to leave Old Trafford
Manchester United re-signed Pogba for £ 89million in 2016, but he has proven to be a divisive figure among pundits and supporters since and recently found himself out of the starting lineup.
Calls for him and his agent Mino Raiola to accept a new long-term contract have so far been dismissed and the report explains that there is a growing belief that he will leave the club for nothing.
United could look to raise funds by selling it in January.
But his suitors, who previously included Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, would focus on next summer when he can join for free.
Pogba has found himself a replacement lately and he will be able to chat with foreign clubs in January
Pogba thrived for France but his second stint at Old Trafford was inconsistent
Asked about talks on a new deal, Raiola recently told The Times: “You will have to ask Manchester United about this. At the moment everything is calm. There is no update. ‘
There would be a feeling of déjà vu at United if he left for nothing next summer, given that this is the second time he has completed his contract at Old Trafford.
Pogba left United, frustrated by the lack of opportunities as a young player under Sir Alex Ferguson, to join Juventus for free in 2012.
According to reports from ABC earlier this month, Real are set to offer Pogba just under £ 12million a year with a transfer bonus of just over £ 25million for the convince to swap Old Trafford for the Bernabeu at the end of the season.
Spanish media claim Raiola is pushing for the deal to be done and that Los Blancos hope to pair Pogba and Kylian Mbappe with their French teammate Karim Benzema.
Pogba is currently serving a three-match Premier League suspension after coming on and has seen red for a reckless challenge against Naby Keita in Liverpool’s 5-0 humiliation.
Midfielder’s reckless tackle on Naby Keita saw first yellow card turn red
Club legend Paul Scholes says ‘disrespectful’ Pogba shouldn’t play another game for the club
Following this surrender against Liverpool, who saw him sent off just 15 minutes after coming on, club legend Paul Scholes said he would not be upset if this was his last outing for the club.
He told Premier League Productions: “To say a disappointing day would be an understatement.
“I think we all realize it was difficult, I just think the manager got caught up in the emotion of the comeback [against Atalanta in the Champions League] Wednesday night.
“We keep coming back to this game, but you’re never going to do that against Liverpool, they have too much quality.
“I don’t think it was a lack of effort, I think tactically they were put in place in such a way that it could happen and unfortunately it did.
‘Paul Pogba comes onto the pitch at half-time to try to help the team and maybe get some respectability on it, try to hold onto the ball, try to show how strong he is in the middle of the field… gives the goal away.
“Then later he’s sent off with a ridiculous tackle. Now you are 5-0 down with 10 men. One would have to think that if Ole is still the manager there, will we see Pogba again in a United shirt?
Pogba left United on the loose in his youth in 2012 and history repeats itself
“He has caused chaos for the past two years. Everyone knows how talented he is, everyone trusts him, every manager trusts him, tried to give him his head and let him be the player he was.
“But with all the fuss, don’t sign his contract, almost hold the club to ransom, and then he comes in and does something like that.
“It’s not Ole’s fault, don’t get me wrong, but that’s part of what almost summed up United’s performance today.
‘Look, he’ll probably play [again] won the? But I don’t think they’ll miss anything if he doesn’t.
“He had many chances, he keeps saying he lacks consistency, but it’s fair [a lack of] discipline and disrespect for your manager and your teammates, which he did today. ‘