Manchester United are prepared to sell Paul Pogba this summer should he fail commit his future to the club.
Manchester United are ready to sell star midfielder Paul Pogba this coming season should he decline to sign a new mega-deal at the club, according to reports.
Pogba is more comfortable at United than at any time since a world-record £89million move to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 and was notable in United’s 6-2 win against Roma in last week’s Europa League semi-final first leg.
The Frenchman’s current United deal runs out next year with increased speculations linking him with a move away from United to Spanish giants to Real Madrid.
The Mirror however claim Manchester United will initiate talks with the 28-year-old concerning a fresh £400,000-a-week deal later this month, which would see him overtake David De Gea as the highest-paid star at the club.
But the same outlet and The Sun allege that should Pogba decline to pledge his long-term future to the club, the club will not delay moving him on, especially if super-agent Mino Raiola’s demands become too taxing.
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To assist in financing a move, both reports add that the Red Devils are plotting to sell Spain goalkeeper De Gea – who currently earns £350,000 per week to finance his current French team-mate’s new deal, following Dean Henderson shifting to be the undisputed United’s No 1.
However, Manchester United are conscious of the race against time to persuade Pogba to stay and are keen for progress to be made on negotiations before he represents world champions France at the European Championships this season.
Pogba has also been connected with a move to previous club Juventus, and the list of high-profile admirers has made United reportedly desperate for talks with his agent Raiola, as they are keen to avoid a repeat of nine years ago when they lost the Frenchman to the Italian giants on a free transfer.
The reports also suggest that while Old Trafford chiefs will not surrender to whatever Raiola asks, they are aware their position will be softer if the situation is not fixed by the start of the Euros, with his valuation dropping by the month in their bid to recover the £89m fees they paid to re-sign him.
And with both Juventus and Real Madrid in financial turbulence amid the coronavirus pandemic, that looks unlikely, albeit that United’s option is to see Pogba commit the prime years of his career to the Old Trafford.
Manchester manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer however maintains that the club are winning the fight to persuade Pogba to commit his future to the club, having already triggered a 12-month extension clause in his deal at the start of the season.
Solkjaer recently said:
“If we can play like we did against Roma and go again against Liverpool and they can feel our progress this season, our chances are bigger to keep Paul and Edi (Edinson Cavani).”
“You know of course I have worked with Paul for a few years. I had him when he was a reserve player as well and he knows my feelings about him that I want him to stay. It’s about creating a competitive environment than we can all thrive in, a competitive team challenging for trophies.
“I have always said with Paul that I enjoy managing him, talking to him and challenging him because he is a winner. He wants to be better and that’s why he listens.
“You can see he’s enjoying himself here as well. He has a smile on his face. I try to treat everyone with the same amount of respect but there are some players you have known since they were young lads and that’s the case with Paul. The longer you have known them the easier it is to have a bond with them.”
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Manchester United are prepared to sell Paul Pogba this summer should he fail to do one thing.