Paris Saint-Germain have opened discussions with Paul Pogba’s representatives to ‘gauge’ whether a move to France is possible this summer.
Pogba, 28, has 12 months to run on his deal at Old Trafford and talks over an extension have so far proven unsuccessful.
The Frenchman has twice angled to leave the club since rejoining the Red Devils in a then-world record £89m in 2016 and Mauricio Pochettino believes Pogba would add significant creativity to his side’s midfield.
United want to keep Pogba but he can sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1st and the club cannot afford to let a player of his pedigree walk away on a free transfer, particularly in the current financial climate.
As such, the Athletic claims informal talks have been opened between Pogba’s entourage and Paris Saint-Germain to discuss whether a move would be viable this summer.
There are a number of obstacles to the move occurring, though. United want to keep Pogba and will offer him a new bumper contract.
Secondly, PSG have financial difficulties of their own and it’s unclear if they could afford a potential £50m fee for Pogba, significant agent fees and a reported £300,000-a-week salary.
The club could therefore wait until next year to sign Pogba on a free transfer but they risk losing him on the open market as the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona would surely be interested.
United would rather keep Pogba but the club also believe the Frenchman is able to shut out the noise about his future and would be able to fully focus on his game if it meant spending another 12 months at Old Trafford before leaving on a free.
The Red Devils are set to take their spending past the £110m mark with the acquisition of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, following the £73m signing of Jadon Sancho from Dortmund.
Selling Pogba could recoup the club around £50m and enable Solskjaer to move for targets like Kieran Trippier and Saul.
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