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Manchester United prepared to lose Paul Pogba for free next summer

Manchester United are prepared to lose Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer amid the lack of progress in contract negotiations with the midfielder, ESPN reports.

The Frenchman has less than nine months remaining on his current contract, and the club have yet to make the breakthrough over a possible renewal beyond that period.

United have the option to cash in on his services in January, but they are keen for him to stay until at least next summer despite his expiring deal.

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and former employers Juventus are among clubs that could attempt to sign the £54 million-rated star on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.

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Pogba started the campaign in a bright fashion with seven league assists in the space of just four matches, but his performances have since dipped, coinciding with the club’s poor run of form.

He has been on the bench for the past three matches and had a horrendous outing against Liverpool last weekend.

The 28-year-old was sent off for a rash tackle on Naby Keita, just 14 minutes after coming on.

While it is reported that there is no rift between Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the midfielder may seriously be assessing his options, having failed to make the starting XI for three successive games.

It is also unsurprising that his future has become the main topic of speculation when United are in a potential crisis. They have picked up just one point from four league outings.

The schedule does not get easier with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City to face before the international break. They have a Champions League trip to Atalanta in between those fixtures.

Solskjaer’s future is hanging in the balance. The Norwegian appears set to remain in the dugout for the trip to Tottenham, but another defeat could end his three-year reign at the club.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

Read: Paul Merson explains why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot quit Man Utd job.

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