Five questions about possible Paul Pogba contract extension
Paul Pogba is said to be considering signing a new contract with Manchester United, The Mail report.
Pogba is alleged to want £400,000 per week in wages, although United will no doubt try to sensibly bring this figure down and meet him halfway.
A possible Pogba extension is a big talking point and throws up a host of questions. Here is a look at five issues which need to be considered…
Will the sideshow stop?
Paul Pogba keeps himself to himself, but the same cannot be said of his agent or brother.
United need a commitment from Pogba that the circus will stop.
This means agent Mino Raiola has to stop agitating the club, United’s manager, and talking Pogba up for moves abroad.
His brother was on El Chiringuito television in Spain talking him up for a move to Real Madrid just yesterday.
This all needs to stop. United need a fully committed Pogba if he signs a new deal, and his agent and brothers have to agree to respect that.
Can United afford big deals without him?
United have been connected with numerous big money transfer deals this ahead of this summer already.
Pogba’s potential sale has been floated as a way to finance United’s transfer business, at least the more expensive parts.
United’s finances are not a bottomless pit, in fact recent financial figures released were quite disturbing, with debt spiralling.
Champions League qualification will help if the club can make it. But if Pogba does stay, United will have less to spend.
Potentially, there could be more pressure on David de Gea. He has become replaceable due to Dean Henderson’s emergence, and the Spaniard might end up being sold instead, to finance big money moves.
Will Jack Grealish even be needed?
A potential move or Jack Grealish would come into immediate question.
The Mirror has reported United are ready to pay £70 million for the Aston Villa midfielder.
Now only does this look like an excessive fee if Pogba re-signs, but there is less need for him from a team building angle.
United could focus on landing a defensive midfielder, winger, and a striker.
Perhaps Grealish will still be signed anyway, especially if Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira are sold. Just expect a more sensible fee.
How will it affect future extensions?
If Pogba lands a deal of up to £400,000 a week, it will have a knock on effect at United. Bruno Fernandes’ wages are less than half this.
Gradually, players will start to expect parity, or at least realistic proportion to Pogba’s wages, in line with their importance to the team.
United need to cut the wage bill, not add to it, and the figures will complicate further extensions.
Pogba has done nothing this season to warrant a pay rise. This could unsettle the squad and cause dissent.
Will United regret it?
No doubt about it, a contract extension for Paul Pogba could prove to be one of Ed Woodward’s greatest mistakes.
Not only could it unsettle the squad, weaken this summer’s transfer budget, and drive up the wage bill, there is a chance United may not see proper value on the pitch from the midfielder.
Pogba has been dealing with ongoing ankle injuries all season long. Will these become recurring over the next few seasons?
For the money United are looking a paying, the club want a player who will start 40+ games a season in all competitions, not 10-15.
United may look back on a Pogba renewal and consider it a missed opportunity to cash in when the chance was there.
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