A new Manchester United deal ‘will soon arrive’ for Paul Pogba with the club set to to ‘do everything to satisfy’ Erik ten Hag.
Pogba’s United contract expires at the end of the season meaning he can leave the club as a free agent in the summer, for the second time in his career.
The Frenchman left United for Juventus for nothing in 2012 before returning to Old Trafford in a big-money move in 2016.
Rumours over Pogba’s future have been rife with a number of suitors linked with the 29-year-old, including Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
But now Calciomercato (via Sport Witness) claim United want to avoid losing Pogba for free and the bosses want to offer him ‘an extension for at least one year’.
United are ‘ready to take an important step’ but Pogba and his agent, Mino Raiola, have ‘not yet lifted his reservations on the next stage of his career’.
The report claims United’s proposal ‘will soon arrive’ to Pogba and Raiola, with the pair ‘carefully evaluating’ the next move, though other clubs are yet to take serious steps to lure him away.
Despite the report insisting the new deal is imminent, it’s also said that Ten Hag – who is in the process of agreeing to become United’s next manager – will be ‘fundamental’ in deciding Pogba’s future.
If the Dutch boss does want Pogba, the club ‘will do everything to satisfy’ him; if not, the ‘idea of a new separation is bound to become more and more concrete’.
Meanwhile, former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford has urged Pogba to leave the club as his skillset would be better suited away from the Premier League.
“Players like Paul Pogba have come in to Manchester United for humongous money,” Beckford told Stadium Astro.
“I’m one of his biggest fans because technically he’s one of the best in the world. I just don’t think he’s suited to Premier League football where the pace of the game is very quick and intense.
“A lot of money has been spent at United but in the wrong areas and on the wrong players, and that’s something they need to look at going forward.
“I think Pogba will leave [in the summer] and that will be the right decision because we’ve seen how good he is at Juventus and with France – that’s the player I want to see but I don’t think we will see that at United. I think he’ll leave for those reasons.”
When asked if Pogba’s time at Man Utd had been a failure, fellow pundit Rene Meulensteen replied: “Failure is a big word but has Pogba lived up to the expectations? I don’t think so.
“He knew what the expectations were when he came back, to compete for the Premier League and the Champions League.
“Not everything has clicked with the players around him or the system, does he actually suit the Premier League?
“What frustrated me a little bit is Paul has never really outspoken his commitment to United. He’s never came out there and said he’s going to stay and bring United back to where they belong.
“There’s always been issues over his future and that doesn’t sit well with the fans. It’s not just one player though, there’s many more issues that need to be addressed before United are going to get back on the right track.
“Since he’s come back it hasn’t really happened for him or Manchester United. I think he will leave now.”
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