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Manchester United are reportedly set to make Paul Pogba the highest paid Premier League player of all time when they offer him a new deal in a desperate attempt to keep him at the club. The 28-year-old continues to face an uncertain future at United, amid speculation linking him with a move away from Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old’s current contract is set to expire next summer, meaning he is free to negotiate with other clubs from January onwards.
And the Frenchman is not short of options, with both Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG and Real Madrid interested in the midfielder, according to The Sun.
But the same outlet say that United are confident they can convince Pogba to remain in Manchester by offering him a new long-term deal which would see him earn around £400,000 a week.
This weekly figure would equate to roughly £104million over the next five years, thus making Pogba the highest paid Premier League player ever.
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To finance this, United would need to free up funds by clearing out several players on the fringes of the first-team in January.
The Sun say Donny van de Beek – who has scarcely been given a chance to impress – injury prone Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will be one of seven players who will be transfer listed.
Anthony Martial, Alex Telles and Jesse Lingard would make up the seven, although the latters recent spectacular winner against West Ham will give Solskjaer food for thought.
Pogba’s reluctance to sign a new deal is causing a headache for Solskjaer and his agent, Mino Raiola, has recently reportedly said there is a possibility that the midfielder could return to Juventus next summer.
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“Pogba’s contract expires next year. We will talk to Manchester (United) and see,” Raiola reportedly told Italian TV Rai Sport on Friday.
“For sure Turin has remained in his heart and he cares a lot about these things. The possibility of returning to Juventus is there but it also depends on Juve.”
Pogba meanwhile, has been keeping his cards close to his chest, and has been reluctant to reveal anything about his future.
“To be honest, I am very happy, I enjoy myself. The Premier League is back, I play football again after a nice holiday, so it is very, very good,” Pogba told Norwegian media outlet TV2 ahead prior to United’s recent clash against Wolves at the end of last month.
“When you get to a final and lose, it is always very painful. Now we are hungry to do better than last season and we want to win a trophy.
“I’m happy. To be honest, I’m glad I’m feeling good. I’m healthy, I have no injuries and I’m happy, even if I would have preferred to win the last game [against Southampton ]. It’s all about winning.”
United are set to face David Moyes’ side again in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
The Red Devils will then welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford in the early kick-off on Saturday.
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