Manchester United are in the midst of trying to improve their squad ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season as manager.
But the distraction of Pogba’s future has remained a constant as he tries to manufacture a Manchester exit.
Zinedine Zidane is adamant he wants his compatriot at Real Madrid next season.
But according to journalist Nicolo Schira United have told Los Blancos they won’t accept anything lower than £161m.
Pogba conceded earlier this year that playing under Zidane, a player he idolised as a kid, is a massive draw and that Madrid are a dream club to represent.
However the Spanish giants have already spent upwards of €300m (£269m) so far this summer on the likes of Eden Hazard and the funds required to sign Pogba may not be available.
United are also reluctant to part with their record-signing given his value both on and off the pitch.
But Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola have both been vocal in their pursuit of pastures new.
The World Cup winner said earlier this summer: “After this season and everything that happened, with my season being my best season … it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
Solskjaer though is adamant he wants to build his Red Devils squad around the £89m recruit.
Pogba enjoyed his most productive season last term following the Norwegian’s arrival, but his form tailed off towards the latter stages.
Nevertheless Solskjaer is heavily involving the 26-year-old in his pre-season preparations and even admitted he would consider Pogba as skipper.
“I’ve not been upset by anything he’s said because we’ve had many conversations and I know exactly what Paul is thinking,” said the United boss.
”I can give him a new challenge.
“I’ve said many times about Paul that he’s a top, top boy and a great player and he’s never, ever been a problem.”