Manchester United have slapped a £160 million price tag on Paul Pogba, potentially pricing the Frenchman out of a move away from Old Trafford.
Over the weekend, Pogba publicly admitted his interest in taking on a new challenge while in Tokyo as part of an Adidas promotional shoot.
"For me, I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody," Pogba said as per bEIN Sports.
"After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well... I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else."
Real Madrid continue to be linked despite already spending £270 million this summer, while a return to former club Juventus has also been mooted.
But United want to make a decent amount of profit on their £89 million club-record transfer. According to James Ducker from The Telegraph, United value him at £160 million and it's believed Paul Pogba already has some doubts as to whether Real will make a bid to tempt United.
They have already spent big on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo and would have to offload the likes of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Isco to afford another Galactico signing in the mould of Pogba.
It is also suggested that president Florentino Perez isn't as keen on signing Pogba as his manager Zinedine Zidane, who Pogba has already stated his desire in playing for.
"Like I've always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone," Pogba was quoted as saying by The Mirror back in March.
"It's one of the biggest clubs in the world. There is also [Zinedine] Zidane as a coach and it's a dream for anybody who likes football. For now, I'm at Manchester. We don't know what the future holds. I'm at Manchester and I'm happy."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have spoken with United's No.6 after those comments and will likely chat with him again when United are back at the AON training complex for pre-season next Monday.
The Daily Mail report that United are prepared to offer the midfielder 'up to £500,000 a week' in a bid to persuade the unsettled player to play a part next season.