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Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona - reports

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star is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United and move to Barcelona, according to British on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old -- who scored in the 4-2 final win over -- has agreed terms with for a deal worth ?89.5 million ($115 million, 100 million euros) over five years, according to

The reported agreement would see him pick up ?346,000 a week, almost double what he earns at United.

The Sun claims the former Juventus star -- who joined United for a then world-record fee of ?89 million in 2016 -- has demanded the side increase his wages from ?180,000 to ?380,000 a week so he is paid almost on a par with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, otherwise he will leave.

United, though, would be most reluctant to sell him, with reporting they have already rejected a bid by of ?44.5 million plus Colombian central defender and Portuguese

Mourinho has expressed his frustration over the club's transfer policy, and Pogba's departure would leave little time for to find a suitable replacement with the transfer window due to close on Thursday.

The club has had to deny the claim that sent a text message to Woodward demanding he be allowed to leave.

The Frenchman is keen to move to -- the Spanish transfer window does not shut till the end of the month -- to play with superstar Lionel Messi, while his close friend and former Juventus team-mate also recently moved to the Catalan giants.

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Essentially, though, Pogba's unhappiness stems from the deterioration in his relationship with Mourinho, who not only does he blame for his muted performances for United since his move but also for his qualified praise of his performances for at

"Paul was like the (France) team. He started average and ended top," Mourinho told beIN on United's unhappy tour of the last week.

Pogba, though, is believed to have been more upset by what followed in the interview as Mourinho implied being in an enclosed environment over six weeks ensured he focused just on and not on outside matters such as commercial contracts.

Pogba's super agent -- who was also instrumental in bringing Romelu Lukaku to United last summer -- has remained out of the fray, refusing to comment on links with Barcelona.

"I will never make declarations about Paul," said the Dutch-Italian agent, who is reported to have earned just over ?40 million when Pogba moved to United.

"You have to speak to Manchester United," added Raiola.

Former United star told Wednesday's edition of that Mourinho needed to fit the team around Pogba's sublime talent, but accepted the needed to adapt too.

"It's down to the to get the best out of him, setting the team up and setting Pogba up in the right way to achieve the best," said the former England central defender.

"But Pogba needs to play his part in that.

"It's a case of the and getting an understanding for each other and getting the best out of the

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 14:45 IST
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