Manchester United Ready To Offer Paul Pogba Up To £500,000-a-week In Attempt To Keep Midfielder At Old Trafford
– Imo Uzochukwu Eustace, ABH Press
Manchester United seeks to persuade Paul Pogba to remain in the club by tempting the 26-year old with a new mega-money contract. The English club is determined to keep its record signing for next season despite the Frenchman making it clear that he was interested in leaving Old Trafford. Pogba had signalled his intention to leave this summer after admitting over the weekend that it ‘could be time for a new challenge’.
According to the Daily Mail, United is set to to offer Pogba a contract that will see him earning about £500,000-a-week, which would bring him level with Alexis Sanchez as the club’s top earner. Pogba has two years left on his deal, which United have the option to extend by 12 months so the club are under no pressure to sell this summer and could simply refuse a move for the 26-year-old.
Real Madrid and Juventus have an interest in him, but United have made it clear that they would not consider bids of less than £150m for the midfielder. Real Madrid are believed to have made an opening offer of £90m but know that it will take considerably more than that for an agreement to be reached. The team led by Zinedine Zidane are likely to come back in with another offer in the near future after setting a deadline of 1 July to get a deal done.
United chief Ed Woodward is adamant a player who is as central to the club’s commercial interests as he is on the pitch will not be sold after blocking Pogba’s desired move to Barcelona last year.
Although he enjoys a much better relationship with Pogba than Jose Mourinho, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his No 2 Mike Phelan have a degree of sympathy with Mourinho after witnessing the best and worst of Pogba since returning to the club in December.
Coaching staff — one of whom said towards the end of the campaign that they ‘have a problem with Pogba almost every day’ — were far from overjoyed when told he would be back next season.
Most team-mates would prefer him to stay but recognise the negative influence such a big character has on the rest of the camp when he is unhappy.