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Lionel Messi prevented Manchester United star from signing for Barcelona last season

Lionel Messi prevented Manchester United star from signing for Barcelona last season

The 26-year-0ld did not return to Manchester this week for pre-season training after he was an extended holiday by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In the closing weeks of the 2018-19 season, Solskjaer promised there would be changes in the ranks and warned consistently under-performing players they would play no part in his revolution.

Ahead of a new campaign, Solskjaer this week welcomed the majority of his players back from holiday and on Sunday, they head to Australia to begin their pre-season tour. The defender impressed heavily for Dean Smith's side, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League.

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"We have been good in the market so far and still working on a case or two".

"Of course, we're always looking to improve the squad and, all over the summer, I've been in touch with Joel [Glazer] and Ed [Woodward] and all the recruitment people, and analysis people".

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"I've got to say it's been very good so far".

Meanwhile, Arsenal have also come up with a $62,62m inquiry for the player and they made it clear that the club can't afford to pay more the sportsman whose transfer from Hull two years ago was worth just $21.20m.

The Foxes want over £75 million for the centre-back, so the aim here is to obviously make him the world's most expensive defender. There were widespread reports of acrimony between him and former United manager Jose Mourinho, while the midfielder stated in March that Spanish giants Real Madrid were "a dream club for every player", though he did add that he was happy at Old Trafford.

As such, it seems the next step will have to be taken by Pogba himself by putting in an official transfer request, which, out of respect for the player's wishes, would force United to sit down and negotiate his sale.

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