United cannot succumb to reported Pogba and Raiola contract demands

Paul Pogba is willing to sign a new contract with Manchester United, but with the caveat that he becomes the highest paid player in the Premier League, according to reports in France.

The Frenchman picked up a thigh muscle injury on international duty and could be ruled out of action until the New Year (BBC Sport).

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The World Cup winner’s return to fitness could come at the same time him and his infamous agent Mino Raiola are able to discuss terms with foreign clubs, regarding a potential free transfer in the summer.

Pogba’s current contract at the Theatre of Dreams is set to expire in 2022.

L’Equipe claim the 28-year-old is willing to extend his deal at United, but on the condition he is paid more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to spotrac, Pogba is currently on £290,000 per week at Old Trafford, whilst Ronaldo is on £510,000 per week.

United have to avoid Pogba demands

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It seems that Pogba and Raiola are holding Manchester United to ransom and are looking to exploit the contract situation to their advantage.

United have handed out extortionate wages in the past and that hasn’t got us very far.

You only have to look at the Alexis Sanchez debacle to see what a mess we got ourselves in.

Arsenal fell foul of the same issue when they handed a new lucrative deal to Mesut Ozil.

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If Pogba wants to stay at United it has to be for footballing reasons. Surpassing Ronaldo’s wage is simply unthinkable and he and his entourage cannot argue that his performances on the pitch warrant him becoming the highest paid in the Premier League.

With this potentially being the final or penultimate long-term contract in his career, if Pogba and Raiola’s decision is going to be purely about wages, then United cannot entertain accepting their demands.

If no breakthrough is made in negotiations by the middle of January, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see United sell Pogba for a cut-price.

Manchester United have lost Paul Pogba on a free before and moved on, we can do it again.

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