MANCHESTER UNITED have given stark warnings about the coronavirus effect on football’s finances.
And maybe the penny has finally dropped for Paul Pogba that he is likely to be staying at Old Trafford for another year at least.
However much he previously wanted out this summer, the landscape has changed dramatically over the last three months.
When they pick up the pieces in the summer, none of Europe’s big guns will be able to afford the French ace and his wages.
Pogba knows he must knuckle down at Carrington now — and the signs so far have been promising.
His United team-mates have been blown away by what they have seen since the squad reassembled last month.
And what better incentive for him to be fit and firing than a meeting with old boss Jose Mourinho in the first game back.
The Special One famously left Pogba on the bench at Anfield for his final game in charge of United in December 2018.
And perhaps the French midfielder will be keen to prove a point.
His hunger and desire stood out even before full-contact training resumed last week.
Pogba has been doing ball work for nine days now. His lateral movement is at 100 per cent, while his GPS levels are back to where they were before his latest injury in the new year, according to sources at the training ground.
That latest problem appears to have cleared up well, too, with no signs of scar tissue around the ankle and foot.
In short, he is as good as new. Still only 27, United could demand north of £100million for their World Cup winner.
Yet that will not be possible this summer. Nobody will have that kind of cash swilling around in the coffers.
So unless Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus can come up with a tempting swap deal, he will be going nowhere.
And that is despite a tricky contract situation for the Red Devils over a man who has already left them in the lurch once, much to the disgust of Sir Alex Ferguson.