Manchester United may be obliged to sell Paul Pogba for as low as £43 million this summer in order to avoid losing out on a transfer fee if the Frenchman opts to run out his contract and depart as a free agent next year.
Pogba has reached the last year of the long-term contract he signed in the summer of 2016 when he returned to United as the most expensive player of all time. However, unless he agrees to a new contract, the Old Trafford club risks losing him for free for the second time.
90min reported earlier this month that United executives had contacted Pogba’s camp to negotiate a new deal and that agent Mino Raiola had spoken with club officials. However, the hierarchy is divided on how to proceed, with some wanting the player to sign new terms to prevent him from going for free and others worried that a possible £400,000 per week contract is excessive.
Additionally, there has been growing suspicion that Pogba is content to run down his current deal in order to increase his choices for the next, and perhaps most crucial, stage of his career.
Indeed, Real Madrid and Juventus, both of whom 90min can reveal are interested after the return of coach Massimiliano Allegri, would be more inclined to approach Pogba if he became a free agency due to current budgetary restrictions.
Paris Saint-Germain is the second European powerhouse that has been linked to a Pogba pursuit. According to the Daily Mail, Raiola is already in discussions with PSG about personal conditions and the French club believes it can convince United to accept a £43 million (€50 million) offer in the current climate.
However, as of yet, PSG and Raiola are believed to be the only parties involved in talks, with no communication between the clubs. That was also made apparent in a story by the Manchester Evening News.
According to a report from L’Equipe this week, Raiola has been in touch with PSG sports director Leonardo for ‘weeks,’ but player sales at the Parc des Princes may be needed first to finance the planned €50 million offer.