Man Utd advised to avoid Man City’s Ross Barkley mistake which saw Chelsea benefit

Man Utd: How impressive has Paul Pogba been?

Manchester United have been given some transfer advice by finance expert Kieran Maguire to ensure they don’t lose millions on Paul Pogba. Maguire reckons that United could fall into the same rabbit hole Everton fell into with Ross Barkley when they refused to sell Ross Barkley.

Manchester United have been advised to avoid making the same mistake with Paul Pogba that Everton and Manchester City made with Ross Barkley.

Pogba’s future at Old Trafford still remains incredibly unclear.

His agent Mino Raiola claimed that the Frenchman’s United career was essentially over, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recently got the World Cup winner back into the form of his life.

It now looks less and less likely that Pogba will leave the club during this month’s transfer window, especially given his new-found importance to the team on the left wing.

But it is difficult to see past Raiola’s comments that the 27-year-old is “unhappy” and that United should look to sell him in January.

There is also no escaping the fact that Pogba is now in the last 18 months of his contract, meaning clubs can approach him on a free transfer this time next year.

That will lower his value heavily if the former Juventus man does not sign a new contract by the start of next season.

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And finance expert Kieran Maguire admits that the Red Devils face losing Pogba for a very small fraction of the £89m they bought him for if they don’t cash in on him in the summer.

Drawing on Barkley’s move from Everton to Chelsea as an example, he told Football Insider: “I think the issue is the remaining time on his contract. If he does go, they could still get a significant fee for him this summer.

“But if it’s left to drag on to January 2022 then he is in a very, very strong negotiating position.

“If you think back to what happened with Ross Barkley, Manchester City put in a big bid for him with a year to go on his contract and then Chelsea snapped him up six months later.

“He turned down the chance to leave and then Chelsea got him on a drastically reduced further down the line.

“Once you get into that final year, the value of the player, if he’s not sold in the summer window, does fall rapidly.”

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