Manchester United will seek talks with Paul Pogba over fears the France international’s contract may expire, sources told ESPN.
Pogba is expected to enter the final year of his contract and will be able to start negotiating with clubs outside the Premier League from January before a possible free transfer is made in time for the 2022/23 season.
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This summer United are their last chance to get a significant fee for the midfielder, but sources have told ESPN that they haven’t been in permanent contact with any of the major European clubs and there are doubts as to whether Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus are themselves The world champion can afford the necessary financial outlay without including players in the deal.
Sources close to Pogba’s camp have told ESPN that those clubs and Paris Saint-Germain would all be interested if it were available for free a year from now.
Agent Mino Raiola has put on record that Pogba won’t sign a new deal at Old Trafford, but sources have told ESPN United that they haven’t given up hope that the 28-year-old will extend his stint.
However, there are fears that he could postpone a decision beyond the summer in order to bring other bidders to the negotiating table.
Manchester United run out of time to settle Paul Pogba’s contract. Photo by Pablo Morano / BSR Agency / Getty Images
Pogba is keen to fight for top trophies and in five full seasons since his return to United from Juventus in 2016, he has only won the Carabao Cup and Europa League.
Talks with United, due to take place after the European Championship, will likely focus on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan to bridge the gap with Manchester City and the rest of the European elite.
If no new terms can be agreed and there is no more market this summer to sign Pogba, United face the prospect of losing the record £ 89.3m signing for nothing.