Manchester United are keen to open talks with Paul Pogba over a new contract, with four clubs prepared to wait to sign the midfielder on a free transfer next summer.
Pogba is set to enter the final year of his deal this summer and his future looks set to once again dominate the headlines one way or another, his contract situation raising fears that the France international could depart for nothing at the end of next season.
The 28-year-old will be free to negotiate with foreign sides over a Bosman transfer from January, and according to ESPN, United have had ‘no firm contact’ about their prized asset, though Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and former club Juventus are all interested in signing the star should he become available on a free.
The report goes on to say that the Old Trafford outfit are planning make moves to avoid him leaving the club for nothing for a second time, and will open talks with the World Cup winner over a new deal, despite previous comments from the player’s agent that Pogba will not sign an extension.
Mino Raiola claimed in December that Pogba’s career with the club was ‘over’, though he since returned to play a prominent role over the second half of the 2020/21 season and the Red Devils have not given up hope of securing a new deal.
Pogba – who is currently with the France squad ahead of Euro 2020 – is said to want assurances over United’s ability to compete for the game’s biggest prizes with the club having failed to win silverware in any of the past four campaigns.