According to the French media, Paul Pogba has proposed to Manchester United the terms of his contract extension, and he asked to be the top salary of the whole team, which means that his income has to exceed that of Cristiano Ronaldo who returned this summer.
Paul Pogba’s request
As a result, United decided to abandon negotiations with him to renew his contract.
The 28-year-old Pogba’s contract expires next year, so he and agent Mino Raiola think they can take a tough stance.
Britain’s Daily Mirror says United’s top brass had hoped to resolve the contract extension issue by January next year to avoid Pogba entering a situation where he could freely negotiate a transfer with overseas clubs.
The French newspaper L’Equipe reports that Pogba is not opposed to extending his contract, but Raiola suggested that he would only agree to the terms of the new contract if he became the highest paid player in the Premier League.
That means United would have to offer Pogba a new contract worth over £500,000 a week, more than Ronaldo’s £480,000 a week!
Recent circumstances, however, have dealt Pogba a heavy blow. On Monday, he missed an overhead kick in France’s training, then strained his thigh and hobbled off the training ground, before needing crutches to walk more.
Pogba will reportedly miss 8 to 10 weeks with a right thigh strain and is already out for the year. On social media, some fans found out that November 16 is the birthday of his girlfriend Maria Salaus, and it seems to have become a habit for to be injured and out of action every year at this time, and to recuperate from his injury at the end of the year.
In addition, due to inconsistent performance, Pogba’s status at Manchester United is not what it used to be.Before Naby Keita was banned for his red card, Pogba was out of the starting lineup for 3 of United’s 4 games.
Pogba started the season strongly with a staggering 7 assists in the first 4 rounds of the EPL, but then his form fell off. Pogba has been caught up by Salah in the EPL assists list. All these factors have weakened the negotiating position of Pogba and his agent with Manchester United.
The dilemma for Manchester United
If he is not renewed, he will have to sit back and wait for his contract to expire next summer and leave for free. Twice left to Pogba’s free transfer, during the period spent a high price of £ 90 million to buy him back, Manchester United will inevitably be a laughing stock.
But £500,000 a week is too high, after years of painful lessons, Manchester United club is still inclined to refuse, because once agreed to Pogba, it is afraid that other stars will follow suit, and the team will set off another wave of fight for a pay rise.
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