The future of Paul Pogba is Manchester United’s big unanswered question this summer.
Pogba’s contract expires in one year and United have a big decision to make.
BBC Sport reported last month: “Controversial agent Mino Raiola has said Pogba deserves a massive new contract or he could leave.”
A report from The Mail says United will consider offering Pogba a £400,000 per week deal in order to stave off the embarrassment of letting him leave on a free for a second time.
The move is described as a possible ‘marriage of convenience’, but it depends what Pogba’s motivations are.
It has long been thought Pogba wants to leave United due to an ambition to win trophies elsewhere. He has repeatedly flirted with the idea of moving to Real Madrid.
But could money really be the motivation for him? His agent Mino Raiola will be pushing to get the midfielder the best deal possible, wherever it is.
Well paid but lagging behind France’s top two stars
Pogba is one of France’s top earners. But among his France international teammates he is only the third best paid player.
Business Insider report Pogba earns a salary of 17.6 million Euros per year.
PSG star Kylian Mbappe earns 25.2 million Euros per year.
But the best paid player is Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann, who is paid a staggering 33.8 million per year. This is nearly double Pogba’s earnings.
Pogba is not short of money. The Sunday Times ranked him among the top earning under 30 athletes in the UK. Pogba tops up his United salary with a lucrative Adidas sponsorship deal and his net worth is added to with properties owned in Manchester and Miami.
If United pay Pogba a proposed £400,000 per week, as also reported by The Sun, this will not even be enough to move him up the rankings in the France squad.
This will increase his annual earning to 24.2 million Euros, just below Mbappe’s 25.2 million and well short of Griezmann’s obscene salary. It is still a substantial rise on his current contract.
The question for Pogba is whether he is content with this, or whether he can actually earn more elsewhere. PSG could possibly have the financial power tempt him with an even bigger salary – although they may be careful not to upset Mbappe.
Pogba, 28, is at an age where this could be his last big chance to earn more. He might consider that if he waits it out until he is a free agent in 2022, he could net even more. But it may be hard for him to pass up United’s offer if a £400,000 per year deal is put in front of him this summer. Whether he is worth it, is another debate entirely.
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