Paul Pogba has reportedly been the subject of a bid from Real Madrid; the rumoured offer of £30m and James Rodriguez was rejected by Manchester United, and John O’Kane, former defender of the club, says the midfielder should not be sold for less than £130m.
Pogba has been heavily linked with an exit this summer after telling press that he wanted a new challenge, and while O’Kane believes it would not be a disaster if the World Cup winner leaves, he believes United hold all the aces.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane appears to have identified Pogba as a primary target but has already spent over £200m on other players; the Spanish giants were keen to offload Gareth Bale but United are not interested. The offer last week was rejected out of hand.
“Hopefully we’ll still keep him,” O’Kane said exclusively on the WeAreTheBusbyBoys podcast, available today through this website or Apple Podcasts. “It’s got to be £130m if we’re going to sell him, and nobody is going to pull our pants down on that one.”
“For me he’s under contract for a few more years, so you don’t sell him. I’ve been one of his biggest critics, because at the end of the season he did down tools a little bit. But on his day he’s one of the best midfielders in the world.”
O’Kane admits that Pogba needs to improve his consistency levels. “You’ve just got to get that right day, out of ten games he may turn up for two,” he said. “Fans told him in no uncertain terms that is not what they expect from a Manchester United midfielder… he’s going to be a luxury player, and that’s how we need to play him to get the best out of him.”
United have strengthened their team with the signing of Harry Maguire, and O’Kane believes it is a fantastic signing.
“I’ve been canvassing for Maguire for a full season, and even when he was at Hull, I remember watching him at Old Trafford and thinking he was a Manchester United player,” the Class of ’92 player says. “I’m so happy for United fans to see what he’s like. He’s the main centre half for England and I think United have got a special player. I see a ball player in him, this kid has no fear, and that’s what United have missed, a leader at the back.”