Man Utd set fresh Paul Pogba transfer asking price as PSG eye bid
Manchester United have reportedly given Paul Pogba a new valuation in the latest twist of the Frenchman's contract saga.
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Manchester United have reportedly set a new asking price for midfielder Paul Pogba, with the midfielder unlikely to sign extend his contract beyond next year. Pogba has entered the final 12 months of his deal at Old Trafford and fresh terms are still yet to be agreed.
His situation has presented a pressing problem for United. The Red Devils can either sell him this summer or let the affair continue and hope that he signs a new contract before he is allowed to discuss a free transfer with foreign clubs in January.
United paid £86million to sign Pogba from Juventus in 2016 and would prefer to recoup at least a portion of that figure, meaning that it is increasingly likely that he will exit during the current transfer window.
Juventus are widely believed to be interested in a return for their former player, but reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain are further ahead in discussions with the Frenchman.
United were on Wednesday understood to value Pogba at around £70m but it appears that the asking price has now been reduced.
The Daily Star report that the Old Trafford outfit have now told interested clubs to pay £60m for Pogba after a lucrative £50m contract renewal was turned down.
An improved offer to extend his stay at the Premier League runners-up until 2024 has provided indication that Pogba would prefer to move elsewhere.
Pogba has not yet returned to United’s pre-season training after being granted extra holiday due to his participation at Euro 2020.
His France side were disappointingly beaten by Switzerland in the last-16 of the tournament but he scored a stunning goal in the tie.
Talks between United and PSG remain ongoing.
The Old Trafford hierarchy will likely want a deal to be concluded soon so that they can continue with the big-spending summer, which could now include sourcing a replacement for Pogba.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already welcomed veteran goalkeeper Tom Heaton on a free transfer after his Aston Villa contract expired.
Official confirmation of Jadon Sancho’s move from Borussia Dortmund is expected to be completed soon, with Solskjaer hinting over the weekend that the final touches on personal terms were yet to be agreed
United also hope to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and are widely understood to be in talks with the Spanish giants over a £50m move.
Solskjaer has long wanted an improved partner for centre-back Harry Maguire and would finally be granted his wish by the capture of the Frenchman.
The potential sale of Pogba would go a long way to recouping some of the money spent on transfers this summer but will leave United needing to buy a new midfielder.
West Ham star Declan Rice is a long-term target but his £80m valuation, justified by a superb Euro 2020, might put United off.
Rennes’ teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga is another possible alternative and would come much cheaper than Rice.
Like Pogba, the 18-year-old has less than a year remaining on his contract with the French club and a deal could happen at a cut-price £30m, despite Rennes president Nicolas Holveck telling interested parties that they will still need to pay a premium price.
Alternatively, Solskjaer could offer a more frequent first-team role to Donny van De Beek.
The Dutchman was signed by United from Ajax for £34m last summer but made just four starts in the Premier League last term.