Real Madrid? A return to Juventus? Five clubs Paul Pogba could join from Manchester United

Agent of French midfielder has urged Premier League club to let him leave during the January transfer window

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On the eve of Manchester United's most important game of the season so far, Paul Pogba's "super" agent Mino Raiola thought it the opportune time to express his client's unhappiness at the Premier League club.

"There's no point beating about the bush. It's better to speak out clearly, look forward and avoid wasting time to find culprits," Raiola told Tuttosport.

"Paul is unhappy at Man Utd, he can't manage to express himself like he wants to and like people expect him to.

"He needs to change team, he needs a change of scenery. He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but the best solution for all parties is a transfer in the next (summer) window.

"Otherwise the Old Trafford club, which I have a great relationship with, knows well that they would risk losing him on a free transfer, given that at the moment it's not the player's intention to extend the contract.

"If anybody can't understand this, then they know little or nothing about football. Anyway, they're free to direct all the blame to myself if Paul were to leave next summer."

Pogba, who spent two years in the United Academy, rejoined the club in 2016 in a then world record deal from Italian giants Juventus. However, it would be tough to argue that the midfielder has so far justified his £100 million transfer fee due to a combination of inconsistent form and injuries.

He did offer a glimpse of his quality, though, last time out against West Ham by scoring a superb equaliser to help United claim a 3-1 win.

The 27-year-old France international has previously expressed a desire to seek a "new challenge" away from United, but where he may find that challenge is perhaps not as clear as it might have been in the past.

The financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of matchday revenue has impacted even Europe's biggest clubs, so the options of who could afford Pogba's wages and transfer fee - even with only 18 months left on his contract - are limited.

In the photo gallery above, we look at five clubs who might be interested in signing Pogba - even if it means they need to balance the books to do so.

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