Paul Pogba is reportedly edging towards signing a new contract at Manchester United.
The Sun report Pogba and United are both optimistic a deal can be done, claiming, “the Red Devils are confident of announcing the news at the end of the season.”
It is claimed United hope to get Pogba to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal.
This certainly fits in with reports from Fabrizio Romano last week who claimed United had opened talks with Mino Raiola about an extension for Pogba.
It also follows on from Pogba speaking glowingly about his happiness at United right now.
He told the club website last week: “We are on the way, and if we keep doing what we’re doing now, then I think there is nothing that can stop us to get to where we should be.”
It is important to note that ‘end of the season’ is a fairly loose timeframe in terms of a planned announcement. It could mean anything from the end of the Premier League season on July 26, to after the Europa League final on August 21.
Difference from a year ago
This is such a difference from a year ago when Pogba appeared to begrudgingly join United on tour, amid continue speculation linking him with an exit.
The Sun reported at the time how Pogba was keen to leave the club for a new challenge.
Right now he sees a new future at a club livened up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and inspired by new signing Bruno Fernandes, who has really clicked with Pogba in midfield.
This United team have gained more points than anybody in the Premier League since the restart, and there is even hope of a title challenge next season if the club invest smartly.
Keeping Pogba around is key to United’s success of course.
This could still go wrong
A lot may still depend on how United end the season. Can the team keep this up and qualify for the Champions League, having got into position with three games to go?
If United implode at the weekend and lose the FA Cup semi-final by two or three goals, and then go on to miss out on the Champions League, our positive end to the season will turn to dust.
The club will be under increased financial strain from every angle if we miss out on the top four, with even transfers potentially affected.
It is looking good about Pogba’s new deal, but we probably need to keep this positive momentum up.
If the wheels fall off United’s season, Pogba may question his future again before he re-commits. Don’t get carried away just yet.
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