Paul Pogba looks to be on his way out of Manchester United. The Frenchman's contract will expire this summer, meaning he will be able to join another club on a free transfer.
His current team seem keen to get him to sign a new deal, although the player himself seems reluctant to do so. There have been suggestions that United even offered to make him their highest paid player.
That is not an honour that the midfielder has earned via his performances. While there have been flashes of brilliance at times, it is fair to say that he has been relatively disappointing since his return to Old Trafford in 2016. It is likely that the club hierarchy want to sign him to a new contract in order to protect his transfer value, although Graeme Souness believe such a move would be a mistake.
Graeme Souness questions new Paul Pogba deal
Writing in The Times, the former Liverpool midfielder said that United should allow Paul Pogba to leave as he is not the type of character you would want at your club, also going on to question their decision to sign Raphael Varane.
If United are offering Paul Pogba a new contract, it’s surely only to recoup some of the £89 million they paid for him.
I’d question if you want him around your club with the people who appear to be advising him. All United’s rivals will want Pogba to stay this summer, which is an indictment in itself, and I often wonder if it’s more about Instagram followers than giving his heart and soul to his football.
He has been a divisive character. Before breaking the British transfer record to bring Pogba back did United ask for advice from Fergie, who previously let him leave? They have plainly not tapped into the experience of the greatest Premier League manager...
Critics often focus on Harry Maguire among United’s centre backs but in Raphaël Varane, I don’t see the same player he was five years ago, bringing me back to what the great Jock Stein said: “Never judge a player on memory.”
Real Madrid tend not to let top players leave, a good example being Mesut Özil at Arsenal.
Pogba has been linked with the likes of PSG and Real Madrid and looks likely to move to the continent in the months ahead.
Souness has never been a fan of the 29-year old, and while some of the criticism has gone overboard at times, he is correct on this matter.