MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to hand Paul Pogba a new contract with agent Mino Raiola “waiting” for an offer, according to reports.
The Frenchman admitted last summer that he would like to have a “new challenge somewhere else”.
Pogba has appeared in every Man United match since the season’s restart
A move to Real Madrid or Juventus did not subsequently materialise, however, keeping him at Old Trafford for another year.
Pogba, 27, was then hardly a feature for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men for most of the campaign – featuring only eight times prior to coronavirus lockdown because of injury.
Since the Premier League’s restart, however, it’s been a different story, with Man United’s No6 having appeared in every single match.
And according to Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils are keen to extend Pogba’s contract – which currently has a year left to run, although the club do already possess the option for another.
The transfer expert tweeted on the subject: “they’re gonna try to extend his contract. Raiola is waiting”.
Italian super-agent Raiola, 52, has a frosty relationship with manager Solskjaer – with the pair having engaged in a heated war of words back in February.
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At the time, the Norwegian had bullishly hit out at his midfielder’s representative, saying: “I’ll decide what happens to Paul Pogba – not you.”
And this lead to an astonishing riposte from Raiola, who fumed: “Paul is not mine and for sure not Solskjaer’s property, Paul is Paul Pogba’s. You cannot own a human being already for a long time in the UK or anywhere else.
“I HOPE Solskjaer [does] NOT WANT TO SUGGEST THAT PAUL IS HIS PRISONER.”
More recently, however, the relationship appears to have mellowed, with Solskjaer saying earlier this month: “Hopefully we can do something.
Solskjaer is now optimistic that Pogba could be persuaded to stay at Old Trafford
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“Since Paul has come back he’s looking better and better. He’s enjoying his football and let’s see where it takes us.
“We want to keep the best players around the club. We want to build a squad for the future.”
And with securing Champions League football for next season now in United’s hands following an excellent run since January, all bad-blood could be forgotten, at least temporarily, in order to get what had seemed an incredibly unlikely extension sorted.
By: Etienne Fermie
Title: Man Utd set to offer Paul Pogba contract extension after red-hot form since restart with ‘Mino Raiola waiting’
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12174152/man-utd-pogba-contract-raiola/
Published Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 14:41:34 +0000