Paul Pogba Contract Stand Off
Manchester United have reportedly offered Paul Pogba a new contract before his current deal expires in the summer – but have been criticised for showing desperation in their attempts to do so.
The France international midfielder has not yet confirmed whether he is leaving or staying at Old Trafford, but might find it tricky to reject a long-term agreement as he approaches his 29th birthday.
With Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid all linked to the World Cup winner, United will be growing concerned over seeing him go for nothing following his £95million move in 2016.
With the DailyMail reporting that Pogba will be offered a significant increase on his current £290,000-a-week wage packet, Paul Ince doesn’t think it’s a good look for the club. Ince told The United Stand this week: “That’s a sign of desperation from Manchester United in offering that contract.
“Obviously, they’re trying to persuade him to sign this deal. It’s a lot of money for someone who has been in and out of the side.
“He was on the bench two weeks ago against Everton and then all of a sudden you’re saying: ‘Here’s £400k-a-week!’
“Ultimately, if you’re paying that type of money for a player, he has to play every game and we’re not seeing Paul Pogba play every game.”
Pogba has made 208 appearances for the club since his return from Juventus, having scored 38 goals including 16 during a memorable 2018/19 campaign.
After winning four consecutive Serie A titles with his former club, he is yet to win the Premier League and hasn’t picked up a club winners’ medal since the Europa League in 2017.
Despite not scoring so far this season across nine appearances, he has managed to supply an impressive seven assists in his seven Premier League outings.
Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be favourites to wrap up an agreement for Pogba’s signature and the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have also been credited with a strong interest in the France international.
In response, the Red Devils have reportedly proposed a bumper new long-term deal to Pogba and his outspoken agent, Mino Raiola, worth around £400k-a-week.
Ince blasted his former club for allowing Pogba’s contract to run down with Europe’s elite circling.
“The reason United are having to pay this is because two years ago, when Pogba was getting down to his last two years, they should have tied him down with a three or four-year contract,” he added.
“And it wouldn’t have been £400k-a-week, it would have been £250k-a-week. I can’t believe I’m talking about these figures in wages!”