It was a long summer full of questions surrounding Paul Pogba’s possible move to Real Madrid.
Manchester United are now back to trying to tie the Frenchman down and make him stop thinking of a move to Spain.
Pogba made his desire to leave Old Trafford clear at the start of the summer, saying that he wanted a new challenge elsewhere.
A transfer saga ensued for the entirety of the close season, with Real Madrid and former club Juventus keen on signing the World Cup winner, but Manchester United unwilling to sell and the Frenchman has stayed put.
The 26-year-old has now started all four of United’s Premier League games so far this season and the club are reportedly looking to convince him to extend his stay. As soon as the transfer market was over, the Red Devils’ main objective became assuring Paul Pogba’s continuity with the Premier League giants.
Pogba is under contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2021, while the club retains a 12-month option on the deal that would extend it for a further season until June 2022.
However, United will now try to improve his already insane salary of 17 million a year and to shield his contract from any future proposals. And according to French outlet L’Equipe , United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made contact with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, to discuss a new deal.
The reports goes on to say that Manchester have space on their wage budget following the departures of high-profile players like Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. They are said to be willing to offer Pogba some of that in an attempt to secure his future at Old Trafford.