Manchester United are planning to open talks with Paul Pogba about the possibility of signing a new contract.
The midfielder has been strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent months, with the France international doing little to dispel such speculation, admitting that he was keen on a new challenge while on a promotional tour of Japan in the summer.
He was linked with moves to Real Madrid, Juventus and PSG, though no club was keen to match Manchester United‘s reported £150 million valuation, seeing Pogba remain at Old Trafford.
While Pogba is somewhat of a divisive figure among the United faithful, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep the World Cup winner at the club, and having tied David de Gea and Victor Lindelof to new long-term deals this week, ESPN are reporting that Pogba is the next in line for contract talks.
While Pogba was thought to be keen on a move to Real Madrid where he would link up with his fellow countryman, Zinedine Zidane, the Frenchman’s position at the Bernabeu is already thought to be under threat following Los Blancos’ disappointing start to the season, winning just two of their opening four La Liga games, with an away trip to face in-form Sevilla up next.
The report claims that the £89m has ‘not ruled out’ signing a new deal with United, with his current contract set to expire in 2021, though the Old Trafford outfit have an option to extend it by a further year, meaning they are in no rush to get a deal secured.
Not only is Pogba a key creative player for the 20-time league winners, but he is also a hugely marketable asset for both the club, and their kit manufacturer, Adidas.