Manchester United are reportedly set to sell Paul Pogba this summer, should the midfielder turn down the club’s £400,000-a-week contract offer.
While rumours continue to swirl regarding the Frenchman’s future at Old Trafford, he has perhaps enjoyed his best season in a Manchester United shirt this term, playing a key role in the Red Devils strong league campaign, as well as the club’s impressive Europa League showings of late.
The World Cup winner was at his sparkling best on Thursday night against AS Roma, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s produced a stunning second-half display to all but secure their place in the showpiece, the midfielder netting a header in the 6-2 demolition of the Italian side.
The 28-year-old’s impressive campaign has come amid the backdrop of speculation about his future, the player’s agent Mino Raiola revealing back in December that his client’s future lies away from Old Trafford, although his displays on the pitch would potentially suggest otherwise.
United are said to be keen to tie the player down to a new long-term deal, though The Sun are reporting that should he fail to agree to the club’s £400,000-a-week contract offer, he will be sold this summer.
The midfielder’s current deal is set to expire in 2022, meaning that he would be free to leave the club for nothing at the end of the next campaign should he fail to agree a bumper new deal.
Having already seen him leave on a free transfer back in 2012, it would seemingly be poor business to once again let him walk out the door for free, particularly after signing him on a club-record £89m deal back in 2016.
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The Red Devils will be looking to recoup as much money as they can should he not commit himself to the club, although his valuation will seemingly reduce the longer that this transfer saga drags on.
United are said to be keen to get the situation resolved prior to this summer’s European Championship, and are willing to sanction the sale of long-serving ‘keeper David De Gea to fund Pogba’s new deal.
If he ultimately decides not to renew, there is the issue as to which club could afford to sign him, the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus – both mooted as potential destinations – currently struggling financially amid the ongoing pandemic.
Both those sides would more likely prefer to wait to pluck the player for nothing at the end of next season, although that would be a worst-case scenario for United.
Should Pogba depart this summer, Solskjaer and co have begun to draw up possible alternatives, the Mail’s report suggesting that the likes of Declan Rice, Saul Niguez and Wilfried Ndidi are all potential midfield targets.