Man Utd can find Paul Pogba solution in Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho transfer precedent | Football | Sport
When Paul Pogba started talking about Real Madrid in midweek, you would like to think there were alarm bells going off in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s head. While the Frenchman will insist he’s allowed to dream, Pogba knew exactly what he was doing and planted a seed. It was the green light for Zinedine Zidane to make his move.
As it stands, his United contract comes to an end next summer but the club do have the chance to trigger an additional year.
Whatever the future holds, United will capitalise on the clause to protect the player’s value but deep down, Solskjaer will probably know that it could be the right time to part company with Pogba.
It looks like an episode that is never going to work out and yet United could still demand upwards of £70million for Pogba.
That would not be an unreasonable fee for a world class midfielder and the move at this stage suits all parties.
The money was immediately reinvested into Virgil van Dijk, who turned water into wine when it comes to Liverpool’s backline. He’s already well on his way to becoming a club legend.
For the rest of the 2017/18 season the defence remained relatively leaky with Loris Karius between the sticks but reaching the Champions League final in Kiev was a sign of enormous progression.
Liverpool used the rest of the Coutinho money to help funds moved for Alisson, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri plus Naby Keita arrived following the deal that was agreed with RB Leipzig the previous year.
Suddenly, the Reds were a force to be reckoned with and accumulated 97 Premier League points, missing out on the title on the final day of the season.
All was forgotten in Madrid though where Liverpool lifted their sixth European Cup against Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano after cursing Barcelona and Coutinho in the semi-final at Anfield.
The Brazilian joined Bayern Munich on loan the following season and had to watch his former team-mates lift the Premier League before winning the Champions League himself in Lisbon in August.
He’s now back at Barcelona and fighting to prove his worth while Liverpool look set to challenge again.
Pogba is highly likely to prove a success at the Bernabeu and nobody could begrudge United if that was to happen.