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Sport Man United 'lower Paul Pogba asking price to just £53m'

02:15  06 november  2020
02:15  06 november  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Paul Pogba could be set for a summer move to Real Madrid after Manchester United reportedly dropped their asking price to as little as €60million (£53m).

The Frenchman has come under heavy questioning this season, and has recently lost his place in the United starting XI despite the team's struggles on the pitch.

Now, United are ready to move the midfielder on and will accept a vastly reduced fee for the star, according to Spanish publication AS.

Paul Pogba wearing a football uniform: Paul Pogba could be finally set to seal an exit from Manchester United in the summer window © Provided by Daily Mail Paul Pogba could be finally set to seal an exit from Manchester United in the summer window

The Madrid-based publication carry reports based on information from FourFourTwo, who claim United will sell Pogba this summer despite the player being contracted until 2022.

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Madrid have been linked with Pogba for some time, with the player heavily tipped to make a move to the Bernabeu prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pogba has struggled this season so far, with United having made one of their worst ever starts to a football season.

a close up of a man: United are reportedly lowering their asking price and Pogba still has many suitors © Provided by Daily Mail United are reportedly lowering their asking price and Pogba still has many suitors

At present the World Cup winner currently finds himself on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's bench, with Bruno Fernandes and summer signing Donny Van de Beek preferred.

Since, links with the Spanish giants have diminished somewhat, though it is understood that manager Zinedine Zidane remains a huge admirer.

Zidane is said to have asked the Madrid board for both Eden Hazard and Pogba upon his return to the dug-out, and has already had half of these wishes granted.

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Madrid however have a long list of transfer targets, with the club understood to be preparing all energy and resources into signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint Germain next summer.

Zinedine Zidane standing in front of a crowd: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is known to be a long-term admirer of the midfielder © Provided by Daily Mail Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is known to be a long-term admirer of the midfielder

Mbappe said of Zidane in May: 'My first idol was Zidane for everything he achieved with the national team. Then it was Cristiano [Ronaldo]. He has won a lot and is still a winner after so much success.

'Both have left their mark on the history of football and I want to leave my own chapter in the books.'

Mbappe's contract at PSG runs until the summer of 2022 and so far he has resisted talks of an extension.

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Pogba is 'impacted mentally' by Man Utd's struggles, says Deschamps .
Deschamps admitted that he knew the Manchester United superstar was struggling with his form and that his decision to play Pogba in France's shock 2-0 home defeat to Finland was in part to try and rebuild his confidence. 'He's not in his best form, of course. I knew that before the game,' Deschamps said on Friday ahead of the international football week. 'This match was meant to give him some rhythm. He knew that he would only play for an hour.

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