Manchester United Must Keep Paul Pogba, Warns Rio Ferdinand

Paul Pogba has scored five goals in 23 Premier League matches in the last season

Paul Pogba has scored five goals in 23 Premier League matches in the last season

The former Juventus star had several bust-ups with United manager Jose Mourinho last season and is believed to be questioning his future at Old Trafford.

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Pogba, a favourite of executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, has three years left on his contract with the option of a further 12 months, and the club are under no pressure to sell. The French midfielder is a "priority" for the Blaugranas despite the club signing Arturo Vidal and Arthur Melo, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona are looking to sign the skilful 25-year-old Frenchman ahead of Thursday's Premier League transfer deadline.

Although Pogba wanted to leave, he also did not intend to ever go to war with his club over it either.

Despite his reportedly fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho, a player of Pogba's quality would take plenty of replacing, especially considering that there is now less than 72 hours until the transfer window closes for Premier League clubs.

Paul Pogba has told his Manchester United teammates he wants to leave and has come to an agreement with Barcelona over a £350,000-a-week deal, according to the Mail.

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Paul Pogba, at the end of the last season, had a fall out with Mourinho.

With Barcelona for company, The Old Lady will have to give a very convincing offer to Manchester United in order to outbid their rivals.

The Portuguese is open to selling a player that he criticised for not returning to the United's pre-season tour of the United States after the birth of his second child.

Mourinho on Monday warned of a hard season ahead if the Premier League runners-up do not strengthen their side.

But, despite not explicitly ruling out a move for Pogba, Barcelona manager Valverde refused to be drawn too much on the speculation - instead choosing to praise the player.

Keown said, as quoted by the Daily Star: "I don't see it happening".

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