Manchester United star Paul Pogba has made all the headlines this summer after the Frenchman made it clear he wanted an Old Trafford exit for the second time in his career.
Real Madrid, Juventus and PSG have been locked in a three-horse race for the 26-year-old.
But with United adamant he won’t be sold for less than £150m, Real Madrid and Juventus have been priced out of a move, say the Independent.
Pogba’s preferred choice would be to link up with Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu but Los Blancos must sell players in order to bring in the midfielder.
The Independent claim some club staff believe it would not be the worst idea to sell Pogba, but Woodward has maintained he won’t be sold.
And with PSG, the only club still capable of offering £150m before the end of the window at present, yet to make a move it seems Woodward will get his way.
PSG’s own transfer strategy is dependent on whether they cash in on want away star Neymar.
Pogba’s future has divided opinion among the United faithful, while pundits have also disagreed on what the best outcome is for the player and the club.
ESPN pundit Ian Darke is the latest to have his say and he reckons they should sell because he is not a player Solskjaer can build his team around.
“There’s a bit of a mystery at the moment,” he said on ESPN FC. “Here’s a player who said he wants a new challenge, and his agent Mino Raiola said the same thing.
“It looks like they’ve been hankering for that move to Real Madrid. Now you’ve got the Manchester United manager saying that everything is hunky dory, he’s spoken to him and he wants to stay.
“He even said that he might be the captain next season, it’s all a bit strange.
“There was even talk that he might not get on the plane for the pre-season tour of Australia, but he did and he’s going to play, but what was the evidence from last season?
“He didn’t really come off, he was high maintenance, you couldn’t really build a team around him.
“So it might be the case that while he might be a world class talent, is he a world class talent when surrounded by world class players like Juventus or with France last summer?
“If I were Ed Woodward, I would bite the bullet and take the money, sell him and use that money to rebuild that team.”