Paul Pogba’s contract at Old Trafford lasts until 2021 and Manchester United have an option to further extend it by a year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted the midfielder’s contract will be extended after the manager made clear Pogba has two years left on his contract.
According to Calciomercato, this move by the Red Devils was easily predictable because they wanted to have a ‘stronger position’ in the market.
It’s claimed the France international’s intention to leave United hasn’t changed and a return to Juventus still remains a ‘favourite’ option.
Apart from the Turin club, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be in the running for the 27-year-old, which feels rather fortunate. However, the Serie A club remains Pogba’s first choice and he’s also the favourite target for the Old Lady.
Manchester United slapped a €150m asking price down last summer and the report states they will have to drastically reduce their demands for Pogba.
A fee of €100m alone won’t be enough as the buying club will have to offer the World Cup winner a hefty wage, which will be close to €20m (probably after tax).
The cost of the operation remains the ‘real obstacle’, even though there’s ‘solid will’ from Pogba and Juve to go ahead with the transfer.
Lyon’s Houssem Aouar is viewed as a cheaper alternative to Pogba and he’s ‘convincing more and more’.