Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Manchester United must keep Paul Pogba, warns Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United must keep Paul Pogba, warns Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United may feel they made a statement in rejecting Barcelona's bid for Paul Pogba yesterday; however, reports today suggest the club should brace themselves for a saga from now until Thursday.

According to Sky Sports Italia, the Catalan giants have offered defender Yerry Mina and midfielder Andre Gomes plus £45 million (R780 million) in exchange for United's club record signing.

The Mirror are reporting that Pogba has already agreed a deal with the Spanish champions ahead of a move, saying that Mino Raiola has negotiated a £100m deal over 5 years, which would work out at a staggering £380,000 a week.

With reports of interest from Barcelona and former club Juventus, former United defender Ferdinand has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to keep the 25-year-old.

United, though, have reportedly rejected the insane swap deal and have no intention of selling the recently crowned World Cup victor.

It does remain true that there are unresolved issues between Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho from last season - especially in terms of tactics and how they interact. That is even more pronounced for United as a whole, who see Pogba as central to their commercial plans as much as the team's future on the pitch.

United are interested in signing Mina as they look to reinforce their defensive options but are also considering offers for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng.

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