Report: Club may have to pay £64m and £500k-per-week wages to sign Man Utd player

Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba by Светлана Бекетова, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

Paul Pogba rejected a contract extension at Manchester United and wants out of Old Trafford this summer, but it seems his asking price and wage demands are turning off a lot of clubs from making a move.

Pogba re-joined United from Juventus five years ago and has gone on to make a total of 206 appearances in all competitions, scoring 38 goals with 42 assists. He’s won two League Cups and the Europa League in two stints with the Red Devils and now wants a fresh challenge.

Paris Saint-Germain are one of many sides interested in the 28-year-old, but Le Parisien (h/t Sport Witness) say they’ll have to break the bank for Pogba. PSG can’t afford to match his €75m (£64m) valuation or £500k-per-week wages he’s asked for, so it remains to be seen if they’ll land their man this summer.

Pogba is out of contract in 2022, so he could leave United on a free transfer next year. The Red Devils paid £89m for the French international in 2016, so they’ll be desperate to make back as much of that money as possible.

PSG might be insulted that Pogba is requesting nearly twice his United salary, however, so there might be a lot of negotiations needed before a deal gets over the line.

Le Parisien note that the Ligue 1 giants might offload deadwood to make money towards the transfer – Thilo Kherer, Pablo Sarabia, Ander Herrera – but they could also play the waiting game and let his contract run down.

Summary

PSG have been very busy in the transfer market this summer, signing Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan, Danilo Pereira from FC Porto, Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool, Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid and Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan, but it appears they’ve spent too much to get Pogba.

Whether this a ploy from PSG to force United into lowering their valuation for Pogba remains to be seen, but the selling club need a buyer more than the other way around so it could work.