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Why Man Utd should take £40m for Paul Pogba and finally turn to Van de Beek

Manchester United should accept £40million for Paul Pogba and the end the France star's Old Trafford ordeal.

That's the view of sources close to United, who feel Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side should cut losses on the £89m club-record signing and invest the money in other players instead.

A move for Pogba could open up an opportunity for Donny van de Beek, who starred during four years with Ajax's first team but is yet to start a Premier League game since joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in the summer.

Pogba started all three of France's games during the international break, with his national team boss Didier Deschamps describing the 27-year-old as a "top-level player".

That is in contrast to his United form, with the midfielder struggling to nail down a place in Solskjaer's first-choice XI having started just one of the last four games.

Solskjaer admitted Pogba is dissatisfied with his lack of game time ahead of Saturday's return to domestic action against West Brom.

And the World Cup winner's apparent unhappiness has fuelled speculation that a move to Real Madrid could be back on the cards.

Pogba was heavily linked with a move to Madrid during the 2019 summer transfer window, while Paris-Saint Germain and his former club Juventus have also been regularly touted as keen suitors.

United warded off interest by slapping a £150m price tag on his head – but there is a growing feeling they should now take a financial hit on the midfielder.

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With Pogba having barely played during the first half of last season due to ankle injuries, United felt by February that £80m would be a more realistic price to cash in on, according to The Athletic.

And the publication says sources close to the club now feel £40m would be an acceptable offer, with Pogba heading towards the final year of his contract.

After losing him to Juventus for nothing in 2012 then shelling out such a huge outlay to bring him back four years later, United won't want Pogba leave on a free again in 2022.

Clearing him from the roster would allow more first-team chances for £40m man Van de Beek, who has so far been restricted to appearances from the bench in the Premier League despite having started two Champions League games.

The 23-year-old is hungry to succeed at United, doesn't have the baggage of such a huge transfer fee to live up to, and can play all the same positions on the pitch as Pogba.

With Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Scott McTominay currently keeping Pogba out of United's starting XI, the case for selling the United misfit is gathering momentum.

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