Manchester United continue their efforts to keep Paul Pogba with them, at least for this summer. Even though Pogba has stated he’s interested in a ‘new challenge’, United keep reluctant to let the midfielder go, even more if his next destination is Real Madrid.
Moreover, now things are getting harder for Los Blancos, as the Red Devils have reportedly increased their asking price for the midfielder. It was first believed that Man. Utd. were hoping to get around £150 million this summer in order to part with the World Cup winner, with Juventus and Madrid being thought to be the front-runners to get Paul’s signature.
Now, after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola stated that he and his client were trying to force an exit from Old Trafford, the Mail claim that the club has responded by placing a new £180 million price tag on the playmaker.
This will certainly make things more difficult to Madrid since Juventus have already ruled out a move for the Frenchman when his asking price was £150 million. Madrid also look to be on the same way, as the Spaniard giants have already spent €303 million in signings, and disbursing almost €200 million more for one asset doesn’t seem to be part of their plans.
They have been rumored to be interested in using players to lower Pogba’s price, but that wouldn’t be so helpful knowing that a potential Paul’s transfer will be more expensive than initially.
In addition, another reason for Manchester’s increased asking price could also be the fees they're reportedly preparing for their midfield targets this summer. Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff could cost as much as £50 million for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer, so they need to get some incomes, but they probably won’t come from a Paul Pogba transfer.