PAUL POGBA must hand in a transfer request to force through his dream move to Real Madrid.
The French World Cup winner has made it clear to Man Utd that he wants to join his hero Zinedine Zidane.
PA:Press Association1 Paul Pogba will have to hand in a transfer request if he wants to leave Man Utd for Real Madrid
And Real boss Zidane has told the midfielder it has to be now or never as, like Old Trafford chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he starts his own rebuild.
But United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says he does not want Pogba, 26, to leave.
He believes his sale would further damage the club’s image following the nightmare end to the season that cost them a Champions League spot for next season.
United’s standing as the biggest club in the world would, Woodward believes, be affected if they let go of one of the globe’s biggest stars.
Woodward knows Solskjaer is prepared to let the £120million-rated star go to the Bernabeu.
The Norwegian initially said he wanted to create a new team around Pogba.
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Now he knows as well as anyone, including head honcho Woodward, that United’s £89m record buy wants out.
And he does not want to go into his first full season in charge — with his own position already under fierce scrutiny — relying on a player who does not want to be there.
Solskjaer has lined up the £12m capture of Swansea’s Dan James and is targeting several signings to get United back into the Prem’s top four.
Woodward is determined to block any approach for Pogba, so the only way out is to demand a move.