Paul Pogba’s Manchester United contract is starting to become a concern.
With the Frenchman gearing up for a Euro 2020 challenge, he could be heading into his final year as a United player.
But both sides should meet in the middle in a bid to ensure Pogba does not leave Old Trafford for nothing.
United will not want to lose Pogba for free twice. Especially when they paid a then-record £89million (BBC) to bring him back in 2016. But the 28-year-old could rightly feel aggrieved that, since his return, he has only won two major trophies (and nothing for four years).
That is where some persuasion comes in. After all, United could be on the verge of something great.
Edinson Cavani is staying for another year, Bruno Fernandes would get into any team in the world, and Jadon Sancho could yet arrive to finally strengthen the right wing.
If United can sort out their defence, a title-charge is on. And Pogba can be at the heart of it.
Rather than doubt creping in, and potentially impacting United’s next season, Pogba should sign a new deal with a few caveats.
In so doing, he would switch the focus back to the pitch. But United must also be aware that he may not be around forever.
An agreement that sees Pogba leave Old Trafford in a year or two for a reduced fee could suit all parties.
United would still make money, while Pogba could finally head to La Liga, where some feel he is destined to play.
It may not be ideal. But losing him for nothing in 2022 would be a lot worse. As would the constant talk of his future at a time when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to focus on trophies.
Some may argue that Pogba doesn’t owe United anything and is well within his rights to run his contract down . But others will feel there would be no harm in ensuring the club get a decent fee when the time does come for him to finally leave.
That would obviously mean United slashing his value in half. But half of a lot is better than a whole lot of nothing.
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