With just 12 weeks until Paul Pogba is free to talk to other clubs about a 2022/23 contract, the Frenchman’s future remains uncertain.
Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola appear to be keeping their options open and it seems likely that there are five possible outcomes unless a surprise club shows up for him in the 11th hour.
But despite all the maneuvers and machinations the former pizza maker attempts on behalf of his client, it increasingly seems that he will fail to spill blood from a stone and that Pogba will be left with a simple choice. : take a pay cut and join the club he wants, or get a more lucrative contract, in which case his options become very limited.
One option resides in Italy. Gazzetta dello Sport (via The Express) claim Juventus are attempting to re-sign Pogba again, saying:
“Juve are desperate to bring him back to Italy and are ready to put £ 10million a year on the table to set up a meeting with their former midfielder general.
“Juventus, which have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and spent next to nothing on transfer fees this summer, are said to be willing to pay Pogba £ 200,000 a week to make him one of their top players. better paid, but even those watching … the watering numbers would represent a significant pay cut from his salary at United.
“Pogba is said to be making around £ 290,000 a week at Old Trafford and given Juve’s financial situation they are unlikely to be able to offer him anything similar.”
The feeling in Italy, as reported here yesterday, is that following his sentimental comments this week on his time in Turin, Pogba might be ready to accept such a pay cut to return to the club where he had the more success.
However, the player’s stated dream is to play for Real Madrid, and they too would almost certainly be willing to employ him at that sort of salary level, so that could be another wishful thinking from the old lady.
Real have their own financial struggles and intend to sign both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland this summer, so they are highly unlikely to come close to United’s offer, estimated at around £ 400,000 per week no more.
Barcelona have also expressed interest in signing him but despite Lionel Messi offloading they almost certainly won’t be able to come close to that amount either.
That leaves Paris Saint Germain. They have the means and the inclination to bring the 28-year-old back to the French capital, but the question remains whether the player will want to do so. Not only does he come from a family of Marseille fans which would amount to a lifelong United fan joining Liverpool, but it also might not offer enough of a challenge for the ambitious midfielder.
That ambition, along with Raiola’s determination to raise the price, is likely what left Pogba in limbo regarding the offer on the United table. This will most likely be his last big contract, his last chance to win silverware. Will he think that’s possible at Old Trafford? Will he have enough faith in the manager – whether it’s still Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or not – to hold on? Will he have enough confidence in the club’s ambitions in the transfer market?
While it is easy to characterize Pogba’s reluctance as cynical and disloyal, an impression that is not helped by his agent’s obnoxious personality and showboating, he has a very difficult decision to make, and one that will determine how. will run the rest of his career. outside.