Manchester United are denying reports that Paul Pogba is holding the club to ransom by demanding £600,000 per week, according to The Mirror.
United have said no formal talks have been held with the France international over a new contract, with the club feeling they are under no pressure to make the player an offer.
It is said that Pogba will look to leave if the club doesn’t meet his demands, which would put him alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in terms of pay.
While reports surrounding Pogba appear to be untrue, the club may still be wise to let the midfielder leave the club in the near future. Pogba’s contract is up at the end of the 2020/21 season, and after his public admission (as per BBC) that he may look to seek a ‘new challenge’ in the summer, he clearly didn’t want to be at the club at the start of the campaign.
Indeed, the start to the season has shown that the club is in desperate need of a rebuild. The Red Devils have won just two of their eight Premier League games, leaving them languishing just two points above the relegation zone (via Premier League).
Despite the denial, selling Pogba would make the club more than £179m due to their steep demands, from which they have so far refused to budge (Sport, via The Metro). Indeed, Real Madrid have shown that they are not afraid of the asking price, with reports from Diario Madridista indicating that the Spanish club are still interested.
Keeping Pogba can’t help the club move forward, with Gary Neville pointing out as such back in August, due to the player’s apparent desire to leave and Real Madrid’s keenness in signing him. Selling the midfielder would be the best option and would enable the squad to be rebuilt.
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