Paul Pogba’s future is unlikely to be resolved before Manchester United’s opening fixture of the new Premier League season against Leeds.
Pogba has entered the final year of his contract with the Red Devils and has so far given no indication he is prepared to sign an extension, with Paris Saint-Germain interested in a deal to sign the midfielder this summer.
According to the Telegraph, the 28-year-old has not formally rejected the offer of a new contract at United but has decided to take his time on deciding his next career move, a resolution unlikely to be found before the new Premier League season gets underway on August 14.
PSG are continuing to monitor the midfielder’s situation ahead of a potential transfer before the window’s closure next month, despite opposition from the club’s fanbase to a deal.
PSG supporters unveiled a banner at the Parc des Princes stadium in opposition to a move for Pogba, referencing the player’s mother who is a fan of fierce rivals Marseille.
United will want a conclusion to the saga found as swiftly as possible with Pogba’s uncertain future an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the Premier League campaign, whilst the Red Devils will also want to secure a fee for his services as the risk of losing the player on a free transfer next summer looms.
PSG have enjoyed a productive transfer window so far as Mauricio Pochettino builds a side capable of challenging for the Champions League, spending €60m on the signing of Inter Milan wing-back Achraf Hakimi, in addition to high-profile free transfer captures of Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
It is thought that United’s ability to further strengthen in the transfer market is reliant on the club raising finances through player sales and loan fees, with Pogba the most valuable and saleable asset potentially available.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been linked with a move for Kieran Trippier as they look to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right back, while midfielders Saul Niguez, Ruben Neves and Eduardo Camavinga have all been linked.