The Daily Mail have reported that Manchester United are prepared to offer Paul Pogba a huge new contract in a bid to persuade the midfielder to stay at Old Trafford.
On Sunday Pogba expressed his desire to leave in an explosive interview, saying he was looking for a ‘new challenge’.
A day later the Mail claimed Manchester United were ‘distinctly unimpressed’ and ‘extremely perplexed’ by the actions of Pogba, but that dissatisfaction has not lasted long because the same paper now reports Ed Woodward is prepared to offer Pogba a contract equalling that of top-earner Alexis Sanchez.
The tabloid reports: “They are set to address the issue by offering Pogba a pay rise that will up his current £290,000-a-week pay to nearer the £500,000 being picked up by United’s top earner Alexis Sanchez.”
Pogba, 26, has two years left on his deal that he signed when he arrived from Juventus in 2016 for a then world-record £89million. United also have the option to extend by 12 months, but with Real Madrid believed to be lining up the World Cup winner, United have readying a new offer.
Zinedine Zidane is understood to have made an opening offer of £90million for Pogba, but The Sun claim United’s price tag is nearer to £150million.
Juventus are also believed to be in the running to re-sign Pogba with Calciomercato claiming new boss Maurizio Sarri discussed the possibility of working with Pogba during his interview for the Juve job, with the Italian outlet claiming the former Chelsea gaffer believes he can get the best out of the often-frustrating Frenchman.
“I succeeded with (Eden) Hazard, I can also do it with a phenomenon like Pogba,” it is claimed Sarri declared to the Serie A champions.