Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is looking to run down his contract at the club in order to leave on a free transfer, according to reports.
Pogba’s current contract expires at the end of next campaign after the Red devils triggered their option to extend it by another year last month.
The Frenchman has weighed up committing to United for the long-term but, according to The Athletic, he now sees next summer as the perfect time to leave.
By that time the midfielder will have turned 29 and will likely be chasing the last huge contract of his career.
And leaving the club as a free agent would bring plenty of offers to the table for him, and Pogba believes he could have “his pick” of the teams.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded in his press conference on Friday that Pogba was not happy after a poor start to the campaign. And just last week he spoke about his discontent while away on international duty.
“It’s not that in the club we don’t have fun, but here [with France] it’s not the same. We laugh. It really is a family,” Pogba said.
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The subject of a new deal for Pogba has been discussed but he has shown little interest in committing his future to the Red devils.
The player has often spoken of his desire to complete a “dream” move to Real Madrid, and United may look to sell the midfielder in the summer rather than lose him for free the following year.
United have already seen Pogba leave once already on a free to join Juventus, before signing him back for £89m. Losing him again for free would raise further questions over their recruitment strategy.