Solskjaer prepared to offer new challenge to Paul Pogba

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he is prepared to offer midfielder Paul Pogba with a new challenge at the club. Earlier last month, the France international suggested that he would prefer a fresh challenge elsewhere and reports have since associated him with a potential departure from Old Trafford.

Real Madrid and Juventus have been regarded as potential contenders to land his signature but so far, neither club has made a formal approach to land his signature. Speaking to reporters, Solskjaer said that he has not been upset by the comments made by Pogba and he is prepared to give him a new challenge at the club itself.

He added that he can’t go further into hypothetical questions regarding the midfielder’s future but can confirm that there have been no offers for the Frenchman’s signature, he said: “I’ve not been upset by anything he’s said because we’ve had many conversations and I know exactly what Paul is thinking. I can give him a new challenge. I’ve got to be careful – I can’t dive into all this, hypothetical questions and all that. But we’ve not had offers. I’ve said so many times about Paul that he’s a top, top boy and a great player and he’s never, ever been a problem.”

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has recently suggested that he is in the process of sorting out a departure for the midfielder but the same appears unlikely to happen for the moment. United have placed a £162m price tag on the head of Pogba for the summer and such a price has put both Juventus and Real Madrid off from making a formal approach.

Out of the two, Real Madrid are probably the team capable of affording such fees but they are presently not in a position to spend after pursuing five players for more than £250m. The potential purchase of Pogba would depend on Los Blancos managing to recoup sufficient funds from the same of unwanted players.

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