The Manchester United future of Paul Pogba remains in doubt after he issued a statement to deny reports he has been offered a contract that would make him the best-paid player in Premier League history.
Pogba’s future is one of the main topics of Man Utd news at present. He is out of contract at the end of the season, so United could lose him for free for a second time. Given they spent a then-world-record sum to bring him back to the club in 2016, it would not be the best look.
Pogba has sometimes struggled to display the consistency that would justify his price tag. But on his day, he is one of the most talented midfielders in the world.
Therefore, it would be beneficial for United to keep him. However, they know they will have to make a large investment to retain his services.
There have been doubts over whether United would feel it would be worthwhile to keep Pogba on such high terms. But now, the extent of their willingness to retain him has become clear.
Reports on Friday though claim United have made an offer to Pogba that could see him pocket up to £500,000 per week.
The contract would be worth an initial £400,000 per week, before add-ons. That would make him not just the club’s best-paid player, but the entire Premier League’s.
However, Pogba has moved swiftly to deny the reports of the offer. In a statement to the Daily Mail, a spokesman for Pogba said: “To clarify media reports, Paul has not been offered a new contract in recent months.
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“Paul is fully focused on his recovery from injury with the aim of helping the team as soon as possible.”
That thigh injury referred to has kept Pogba sidelined since November and the last international break.
And with no agreement reached, it remains to be seen Pogba has played his last game for United.
Rangnick pessmistic over Paul Pogba future
Reports have previously indicated that United will look to sell him this month if a deal was not signed prior to the window opening.
Pogba is yet to appear under interim boss Ralf Rangnick. And recdently, the German spoke of his fears over retaining Pogba’s services.
“I wouldn’t say he’s not worth keeping,” Rangnick began. “But, of course, players have to want to play and stay for a club like Manchester United.
“If a player does not want to play for a club like Manchester United medium or long-term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.
“This is such a massive club with such fantastic support from the supporters. I don’t think anyone in the club should try to convince a player to stay. But on the other hand, let’s wait and see.”