Extending Paul Pogba's contract would be as big as any United transfer
Paul Pogba is a man in form and a player who looks happier than ever. And when Manchester United keep winning, good things tend to happen.
ESPN report Pogba is keen to stay at United and that he could choose to extend his contract.
You cannot underestimate how important that would be to the club.
For two years now, the threat of Pogba leaving has hovered over United. At times it has destabilised the club, and it has seen fans turn on him at times, when it has seemed as though he is disengaged.
Right now Pogba seems ‘all in’ on United’s current mission to secure a top four place and end the season with a trophy.
It is little wonder he now considering staying, as he builds a new partnership with Bruno Fernandes, and United go from strength to strength.
The situation as it stands
Pogba’s contract runs until 2021. United have an option to extend it to 2022, which will prevent him talking to clubs as a potential free agent in January. United did this with Nemanja Matic, recently triggering his extension.
This is only a sticking plaster solution though for Pogba. It is crucial that United win him round and get him to sign a longer deal to to 2024 or beyond.
There is no better time to strike than over the next few weeks. Pogba is happy, and the future looks positive.
Especially if United can secure a Champions League spot for next season, and then add one or two top quality players around him.
With Euro 2020 postponed, United are Pogba’s only focus. And he is buying in.
As important as any big name transfer
Signing Jadon Sancho would be huge for United. Tying down Paul Pogba to a long term extension would be just as big.
You just do not let talent like Pogba’s walk away, and right now clubs across Europe do not have the financial strength to meet United’s hefty £100 million plus demands.
On the pitch Pogba has made a big difference since his return, it is plain to see, with his creativity from deep positions unmatched.
United have ‘got by’ without Pogba this season, and won games. But we sit in fifth place in the Premier League.
With Pogba, as we are seeing now, United would have been able to break down the teams which frustrated us earlier in the year, and we would be far higher up the table.
Now with the form United are in, there is even talk of a 2020/21 title challenge.
If Pogba can buy into this, it might just entice him enough to put pen to paper. Rarely in his spell at Old Trafford has he looked happier.
Lose Pogba and a title charge is off the table.
Having to replace him would be a major headache. There is a reason he is so sought after. There just aren’t many players like Pogba in world football, especially ones who are easily available.
While if Pogba decides to eventually run his deal down, it would be disappointing, United do have time to plan.
In a scenario where he commits, then it is a whole new ball game. United’s ambitions can be sky high.
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