Paul Pogba has reportedly been left disappointed by Manchester United’s decision to trigger the 12-month option they had on his contract.
The 27-year-old’s performances for United have divided opinions and his recent poor form has led to more criticism. Indeed, one former Chelsea man declared his best position for United is “on the bench”.
As such, speculation suggesting Pogba could leave United is regularly a hot topic. Just this week, Juventus director Fabio Paratici spoke warmly of their club’s affection for their former midfielder.
Pogba’s contract at United was due to expire in summer 2021. That would have ensured he was free to negotiate a transfer with interested overseas suitors from January 1.
However, United recently took up their option to extend his deal by 12 months and, thus, protect his value.
The decision by the club, though, has not gone down well with Pogba. That’s according to Metro, who claim he’s frustrated by United’s board over the timing.
They report Pogba felt the club had ample time to trigger the extension and the timing of the decision has left him perplexed.
The report states Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola are, in fact, playing a ‘game of bluff’ with United over his future.
The pair have gone on record to state he’s happy at United and willing to sign a contract extension.
But those attempts to ‘bounce’ United in handing him a new deal have so far failed to have the desired effect.
Indeed, it’s claimed United are keen for Pogba to stay. However, they would only seek to keep the player if he were happy to do so. As such, it’s felt, behind the scenes, Pogba and Raiola are still keen for the player to move on.
Pogba went public with his wish to leave United in summer 2019, stating he was “seeking a new challenge”.
United to take ‘laughable fee’ for Pogba
All signs still suggest a parting of ways is likely.
Pogba is yet to score or assist a goal in the Premier League this season. Indeed, Don Balon report that Pogba is “already on a downward trajectory” and that United are prepared to accept a cut-price fee for him.
The Spanish source say that with Pogba out of contract in 2022 his value is dropping quickly. They claim United will be hoping to offload Pogba next summer before he will be allowed to leave for free.
With that in mind, €60m is the price that United will accept for the midfielder – a figure Don Balon claim is “laughable”.
MEN reporter Samuel Luckhurst states that United’s move for Donny Van de Beek has already placed Pogba’s future in doubt.
United exercised their option to extend Pogba’s deal until 2022 recently, but it’s believed they are preparing to sell the former Juventus man next summer.
Pogba was benched on Wednesday night with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting to use Van de Beek in a deeper role. The approach saw Bruno Fernandes used as a No 10.