Mourinho has cut an increasingly miserable figure on the club's pre-season tour of the United States, with a lack of activity in the transfer market and never-ending reports of a falling out with World Cup-winning star Paul Pogba seemingly taking their toll. That was a tempting swap deal but Manchester United made their intentions clear enough to reject the offer.
Nevertheless, the United coaching staff believe there is a lot more still to come from the 25-year-old and with three years left on his contract, Pogba appears to be going nowhere. With the transfer deadline approaching, they may be working on several deals at the same time to make sure that Jose Mourinho gets the central defender he has requested. In spite of Mourinho telling the press that all is well between them, these recent rumours have proved otherwise.
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.
It would certainly be a shock for everyone if this happens.
United can still receive offers for players after Thursday, but will not be able to pursue targets to replace Pogba. Hence, United might consider pondering over this offer. Recently, he was one of the protagonists of the French team that won the World Cup in Russian Federation.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains why Paul Pogba might want out at Manchester United and how Jose Mourinho could factor into his decision.
Bayern Munich are under no pressure to sell Boateng and know Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.
Meanwhile, The Sun says that if he has to stay at Manchester United then Pogba will want a £200,000-a-week pay rise.
Former United star Rio Ferdinand told Wednesday´s edition of the Daily Mail that Mourinho needed to fit the team around Pogba´s sublime talent, but accepted the player needed to adapt too. The Italian club will hope that a nostalgic desire to return to Italy and the country's generous tax incentives (reportedly a factor in Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to move to Turin) could sway Pogba's decision.
Juventus, the club Pogba played for in between his two stints at Old Trafford, are said to be keen to have him back.