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Manchester United are confident enough that Paul Pogba will sign a contract in the next 12 months that they are prepared to run the risk of letting him leave for free next summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect the Frenchman to leave the club high and dry in the closing weeks of the window, despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
“The talks I’ve had with him have all been positive.”
The rangy midfielder is with his team-mates on their pre-season tour of Scotland, ahead of a friendly with Everton.
There had been many who felt as though Pogba’s talents were not being put to best use at United, highlighted by his dazzling performances with France at Euro 2020.
Now in his late-twenties, the former Juventus man’s next move will ultimately decide where he spends the prime years of his career.
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A major advantage enjoyed by the Red Devils is the stellar business they have conducted so far in this summer’s transfer window.
If Pogba opted to stick around, he could line up alongside Jadon Sancho and his fellow World Cup winner, Raphael Varane, for the coming season.
United’s summer dealings are a statement of intent that they are prepared to spend big to plug the necessary holes and challenge for domestic honours.
If the Frenchman left, another hole would emerge. The United hierarchy, however, seem confident enough that Pogba is keen to stay for at least another year. Whether he puts pen to paper in that time could determine whether or not it was a smart decision by the club to resist a sale.