Paul Pogba Manchester United contract talks can only benefit Mino Raiola
Paul Pogba will be able to discuss pre-contract terms with foreign clubs in the New Year and that is a prospect his agent Mino Raiola may use against Manchester United.
Football journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Pogba has had a contract extension on the table from Manchester United since last July which would be a long-term deal and increased salary.
But the world-renowned transfer specialist has reported that there’s no final answer from Pogba’s team regarding the contract offer.
L’Equipe are reporting that Pogba wants to commit his future to the club and become one of the highest paid players in the Premier League.
In Raiola’s hands
Pogba will be 29 when this season finishes, so he and Raiola knows that this could potentially be the last lucrative long-term contract he signs at any club.
The World Cup winner will have to decide whether he wants to embark on another challenge, or he places his trust in what Manchester United are building.
He’s yet to win the Champions League, but if he decides to not sign a new contract at United he’s going to have all of Europe’s top clubs chasing his signature.
With the clock ticking on United’s window to get him tied down, Raiola will be looking to use this as an advantage to get the most economical contract for him and his client.
According to Spotrac, Pogba’s current contract means he is on £290,000 a week.
That puts him as United’s fifth highest earner. He was second only to David de Gea (£375,000), prior to the star-studded summer arrivals of Jadon Sancho (£350,000, Raphael Varane (340,000) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£510,000).
Pogba and Raiola are probably going to want be recognised as the club’s second highest earner and be on over £400,000 per week.
If Pogba is convinced by the project we are undertaking and signs a new contract for footballing reasons then the deal is a no-brainer.
But the worry is this contract saga goes on well into the New Year at a time when we are hopefully still fighting for trophies on three fronts.
The longer it goes on, there is more of a danger that Raiola holds us to ransom and we could buckle and give into his extortionate demands.
It’s difficult to see how the Pogba situation will play out, but with a holding midfielder high on our list, replacing next summer would be a hammer blow.
Let’s hope our assist king signs on the dotted line and all the speculation is finally put to bed. One way or another, this time next season, there will be absolute certainty to the Pogba situation.
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