Offloading Pogba, who cost a the world record £89 million to re-sign from Juventus in the summer of 2016, would surely be met with derision from neutrals, and seen as a major embarrassment for United's board and Mourinho.
Pogba has struggled to find a defined role in Jose Mourinho's set-up and has recently suffered the ignominy of being dropped for rookie Scott McTominay, while injuries have also hindered his battle to find his best form. His options will remain limited if his reluctance to play in the Premier League continues.
Slowly but surely, Barcelona are laying down foundations for the future by bringing in a number of young talents to eventually replace the old guard.
Miguel Delaney writes: 'One plan was a potential swap for Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti, especially since the two share Mino Raiola as agent, but that possibility is still seen as some way off. United still value Pogba as a player for their future, and all involved are determined to make it work'.
Pogba came on after an hour of United's horror Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla last night, but the 24-year-old failed to impress once again. "He needs to improve his temperament", said Emery.
The Blaugrana have long needed a player in Verratti's mould; a midfielder who can dictate and control games from the centre of the park, as Xavi Hernandez did at the Camp Nou until his departure in 2015.
"I've talked about [the Madrid rumours] for months and my opinion has not changed", Emery told a pre-match news conference ahead of Wednesday's Ligue 1 clash with Angers.
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