Man United preparing long-term contract for €80m-rated star

Red Devils expect to announce a deal extension for Paul Pogba at the end of the campaign with the midfielder close to agreeing on a new five-year contract.

France international has one year to run on the five-year contract he signed in 2016 when he re-signed for the Red Devils from Juventus, though Man United have a 12-month extension clause which they’ll trigger next winter.

Paul has twice requested to leave the club since he rejoined them four years ago and he looked destined to leave Man United in 2018 after falling out with the Portuguese tactician.

The Norwegian manager’s arrival improved Red Devils opportunities of keeping Pogba but the midfielder remained intent on leaving last summer and he spoke of wanting a ‘new challenge’ at a club event on Man United’s pre-season tour in 2019.

However, the covid pandemic has had a grave effect on the Red Devils finances across the world and few clubs could afford Man United’s £100m asking price for the 27-year-old midfielder, nevermind his £250,000-a-week wages.

But beyond that, the French midfielder is now far happier at Theatre of Dreams as he can see the direction that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is taking the side, particularly following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

That has resulted in Paul entering into contract talks with the club and Red Devils are confident of announcing a new five-year contract for the player at the end of the campaign. That would represent a stunning turnaround for Pogba and would be a shot in the arm for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had been planning for life without the footballer.