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Manchester United has been suggested to sell Paul Pogba at the end of the season, as the club has been claimed to have accepted that they do not want to sign a new contract.
Pogba agreed to a five-year deal when he first came to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 for what was then a world record of £ 89 million. United recently activated the option they had to extend that agreement for another 12 months until 2022.
But if a new contract is not agreed upon, even though positive talks seem likely during a player-club resurgence in ‘Project Reboot’ over the summer, United risks losing Pogba as a free agent to the end of next season if he refuses to do so. sign new terms, unless they sell.
Agent Mino Raiola has already publicly threatened United with that possibility in his recent explosive interview with Tuttosport in which he claimed Pogba is “ unhappy ”, insisted it was “ over ” for him in Manchester and spoke about a transfer. in 2021.
“He needs to change teams, he needs a change of scenery. He has a contract that expires in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution would be for him to leave at the next transfer window, ”Raiola said controversially.
“Otherwise, the Old Trafford club, with whom he has a good relationship, knows very well that he risks losing him in a free transfer, considering that he does not want to extend his contract right now.”
Since Raiola made those comments in early December, United have risen from eighth in the Premier League table to second and are currently tied for points with leaders Liverpool in the same number of games – Liverpool will play again the Monday, giving United a game in hand.
Pogba has also played 90 minutes regularly for the first time this season.
The player’s return to a regular spot on the squad is testament to his most consistent performances, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issuing a blanket warning in recent days that no player is guaranteed anything and that passengers will be quickly dispensed with.
“I think we have competition for places, which means you can’t go around and think that you can fake your way by being part of this team. You just deserve to be in a team that you contribute to,” the United manager said next . to defeat the Wolves.
But despite the improved yields and admirable application, the Daily mirror states that there is an acceptance within the club that they must sell Pogba at the end of the season to recoup at least part of the investment they made in 2016.
Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are once again presenting themselves as the interested clubs that could enter a bidding war and potentially raise the price.
But there is at least some reason to believe that Pogba a la Real in particular, which is his personal ‘dream’, is an impossible dream because there is not enough desire from anyone at the Bernabéu other than coach Zinedine Zidane to make it come true.
PSG’s interest has also been canceled because the club intends to offer new contracts to Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Juventus have positioned themselves as the ‘only’ realistic option for Pogba, but even they may have to make financial concessions and have been linked to the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.