Manchester United will take a hard line with Paul Pogba after he went public in his attempt to force his exit from the Old Trafford.
Pogba has shaken the United by declaring he wants to leave the club for the second time because "he wants a new challenge".
The United States is simply not ready to greet their stellar midfielder, who cost a world record of £ 89 million in 2016, and they are determined to resist him letting him go.
The former club of Real Madrid and Pogba, Juventus, wants him and the United States to firmly believe that, reluctantly, they will consider the possibility of selling it for 150 million pounds.
This could put him outside the reach of both Real and Juve and the Spanish giants have just paid £ 88m for Eden Hazard in an agreement, which could ultimately be worth almost £ 150m.
United knows it and their hard line is a message to Pogba that the winner of the French World Cup cannot dictate the terms to them.
The two sides are on a collision course and Pogba believes he can push United to sell it.
He used a promotional tour of Japan to make public his desire to leave and turn on the heat on United.
His controversial agent Mino Raiola has also won his appeal to the sports arbitration court against his global ban and is free to negotiate his departure.
Pogba, 26, enjoyed his best campaign for United last season, scoring 16 goals and creating 10 assists, and wants to cash in an important move.
He returned to the Old Trafford to win Premier Leagues and Champions League and wants to come out because United is not even remotely high.
"For me, I was in Manchester for three years and I went very well – some good times and some bad moments, like everyone, like everywhere," he said.
"After this season and all that has happened this season, with my season it is also my best season … I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.
"I'm thinking of this: having a new challenge somewhere else."
Pogba's move gave the head Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a real headache and the Norwegian only wants fully committed players in favor of United while he undertakes his important reconstruction work.
United fans want to get rid of Pogba and for a long time they were dissatisfied with him, feeling that he had done little during his three years at the club to justify his enormous pay and his salary.
The United States started planning life without Pogba and identified Youri Tielemans of Monaco, who impressed on loan in Leicester during the second half of last season, and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham as possible substitutes.
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