Paul Pogba ready for 'new challenge' and wants to leave Man United
Pogba could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer.
Paul Pogba is reportedly so determined to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer that he is willing to 'go on strike' to force a move.
Speculation that the World Cup-winning midfielder wants out of Old Trafford for a second time in his career has refused to die down since United's disappointing end to the season, with Real and former club Juventus both heavily linked.
Though United have indicated he is not for sale, Spanish outlet ABC report that Pogba is planning to submit a transfer request. Should that fail to secure a move, he will threaten to go on strike.
Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to want to build his new-look United side around Pogba, the midfielder is believed to have his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu where he will have the chance to play under his idol, Zinedine Zidane.
Despite Juve's interest - and willingness to send players in the opposite direction as part of any deal - Pogba reportedly prefers the idea of a move to Madrid over a return to Turin.
Pogba is over in Tokyo at present and he has told reporters there that he is ready for 'a new challenge'. He said:
"For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.
"After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well ... I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else."
United are said to want a fee of around £160m for Pogba, something which may prove problematic for Real, given their free-spending start to the summer.
Florentino Perez has already sanctioned high-profile, big money moves for Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy for a combined total of close to £200m. This follows the £42.7m deal they agreed with Porto for Eder Militao earlier in the year while Rodrygo, the 18-year-old Brazilian they signed for £40m from Santos last year, will also arrive later in the summer.
Real, even with all their spending power, may be forced to sell some of their star players to facilitate a move for Pogba.