Man Utd give up on Pogba
Manchester United are ready to give up on their attempts to convince Paul Pogba to sign a new contract, according to reports in England.
Pogba’s contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer of 2022, meaning he can leave the club for free next year if he doesn’t pen a new deal.
Will Pogba sign a new Man Utd contract?
Man Utd are desperate for Pogba to extend his contract in order to regain control over his future and protect his transfer value.
But according to reports in England, including the Daily Mirror, United are close to accepting that Pogba won’t sign a new deal.
It had seemed almost certain earlier in the 2020/21 season that the World Cup winner wouldn’t be penning an extension.
The relationship between the Frenchman and the club hit rock bottom towards the end of 2020 following some controversial remarks made in the press by both the player and his agent Mino Raiola.
This relationship has improved this calendar year and this reignited hope that Pogba would stay many more years with the club.
However, the end result is likely to still be the same and Man Utd now realise they will probably have to sell Pogba this summer in order to recoup anything on the €105 million they spent to sign him from Juventus in 2016.
What clubs are interested in Pogba?
Juventus are among a number of European clubs interesting in buying Pogba, with PSG and Real Madrid also monitoring developments.
Le Parisien claimed this week that PSG were seriously considering tabling a bid for the 28-year-old, who already left Man Utd on a Bosman earlier in his career in 2012 when joining Juve.
Pogba himself has refused to pledge his future to Man United, commenting this month that he is only focused on Euro 2020 with France.
"I have one year left on my contract, everyone knows that," Pogba said. "There have been no concrete proposals for extensions. I'm still in Manchester.
"After the season there was the vacation, so I didn't sit down with the managers and coach. I'm focused on the Euros.
“Contacts with Paris? I have an agent that deals with all that. I don’t have Nasser [Al-Khelaifi]’s number.
“My only thought, now, is the Euros. I’m focused. I’ve got more experience than before. I’m focused on the present, the Euros.”
Pogba started both of France’s games at Euro 2020; a 1-0 win over Germany followed by a 1-1 draw with Hungary on Saturday.