Manchester United have made it clear to Paul Pogba that they will not be offering him a huge pay rise as they attempt to keep him at the club on a long-term deal.
The Frenchman had been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford earlier this year, and in previous transfer windows. However, the financial effects of the coronavirus outbreak meant that neither his previous club Juventus nor Real Madrid could meet his price tag.
Pogba’s contract with the Red Devils runs until June 2022, but speculation continues surrounding his future, with World Cup winner recently hinting at a desire to play under fellow countryman Zinedine Zidane at Spanish giants Real Madrid.
United are said to be keen to offer a new long-term contract to the 27-year-old, and could even hand him a slight increase on his current £270,000-a-week deal.
However, ESPN have also reported that Man Utd are not willing to break the bank in order to keep Pogba at the club, and if they are to come to an agreement, it would be for a ‘reasonable amount of money’.
Having finally offloaded Alexis Sanchez to Inter in the summer, saving around £35m in doing so, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have made it clear they will not be shattering the wage structure for any individual, including Pogba.
United did recently trigger an extension they had on Pogba’s contract that will keep him at the club until 2022. However, this means that Pogba, if a deal doesn’t come to fruition, would be allowed to negotiate with clubs outside of England from January 2022 and leave on a free the following summer.
On the field, Pogba has been named on the bench for United’s last two matches against Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain, with Fred and Scott McTominay preferred in the middle of the park as the Frenchman continues to recover from COVID-19.