Manchester United are said to be increasingly ‘optimistic’ that Paul Pogba will remain at the club beyond the summer transfer window despite continued speculation surrounding the midfielder’s future.
The France international has constantly been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for much of the past year, after admitting his desire for a ‘new challenge’ last summer amid reported interest from Real Madrid and former club Juventus.
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, added further fuel to the fire last week by admitting his ambition ‘to take a great footballer to Real Madrid’ this summer, increasing speculation that the Spanish giants could reignite their interest in the player.
According to ESPN, however, Manchester United are growing in confidence that the 27-year-old will remain at the club beyond the summer, with the Red Devils doubtful whether any of Europe’s elite could afford a deal for the World Cup-winning midfielder.
Pogba’s current deal expires in June 2021 but United have the option to extend by a further season, whilst Real were put off last summer by the Premier League side’s £180m valuation of the star.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side signed Pogba in a world-record £89m deal almost four years ago, and any club interested in signing the midfielder will likely have to pay in excess of £100m to secure his services – in addition to the player’s reported £300,000-a-week wages.
Pogba has so far enjoyed a frustrating season with injury amid continued ankle problems, the Frenchman making just eight appearances in all competitions and has failed to feature since the win over Newcastle on Boxing Day.