Report: Man Utd player ‘set to leave’ this summer, could stay if salary demands are met

Paul Pogba has an uncertain future at Manchester United as his deal is up in the coming months and he’s no closer to putting pen to paper on a contract extension. The 28-year-old turned down a deal from United last summer and has lofty demands that United are unwilling to meet, so an exit could be on the cards.

The Daily Mail say Pogba is ‘set to leave’ this summer as the two parties aren’t close to an agreement. The French international’s agent Mino Raiola has said previously that Pogba wants to leave United, so it wouldn’t be a shock if his contract was allowed to run down. That being said, it’s bad business losing him for free given they paid £89m to bring him back Old Trafford in 2018.

Since making his return to Manchester, Pogba has gone on to make 196 appearances in all competitions, scoring 36 goals with 43 assists. The 28-year-old has contributed nine goals in 14 Premier League games this season despite spending two months injured, but clearly United don’t think they missed him enough to break their wage structure for his contract extension.

Ralf Rangnick has Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata who can provide a similar creative threat in the middle of the park, but Lingard and Mata are also expected to depart this summer when their respective contracts expire. Pogba could be off to Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid if reports are to be believed.

Summary

Man Utd have made a mess of the situation. They had the chance to cash in last summer when Pogba turned down a new deal, and then they ignored Raiola suggesting on multiple occasions that the Frenchman wanted out of Old Trafford. Now they face losing an expensive asset for next to nothing and it could have been avoided.