Manchester United could face a transfer dilemma if Paul Pogba does not extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Pogba’s current contract is set to end in the summer of 2022, so Manchester United will have to sell in the next transfer window to avoid losing him on a free transfer a year later.
Pogba joined the Red Devils from Italian giants Juventus in 2016 and was in top form this season, playing 90 minutes in Manchester United’s final 6-2 semi-final against Roma.
Many teams have shown interest in signing Pogba, with Real Madrid clearly being the favorites if the Frenchman leaves United this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that if the Red Devils can perform well, Pogba will be persuaded to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
“If we can play like we did against Roma and come back against Liverpool and they can feel our progress this season, our chances are greater of keeping Paul and Edi (Edinson Cavani),” Solskjaer said (via Daily Mail).
According to The Mirror, United will open talks with the 28-year-old midfielder on a new £ 400,000-a-week contract later this month. However, The Sun reports that while Old Trafford bosses are keen to keep him, his demands will exceed the supply on the table and amount to almost £ 500,000 per week.
United will want to sell at the start of the summer. The delayed Euros 2020 takes place in June / July and Pogba’s performance could affect the fees in one way or another. United will certainly want to act quickly if the demands of Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola exceed the limit United can handle.
If the Frenchman accepts the deal, it will mean he will overtake goalkeeper David De Gea as United’s highest paid player. However, The Mirror and The Sun claim that if the Frenchman refuses the deal, United will have no choice but to move him during the summer transfer window.
United will then have to sign a replacement, be it a new defensive midfielder or a new central midfielder.
Declan Rice, Wilfred Ndidi and Saul Niguez are all on the Reds’ list of possible transfers if Pogba does not extend his stay.
United remain fully aware of the limited time they have left to convince the World Cup winner to stay and are already looking for the market for potential replacements.