REVEALED: The full details of Paul Pogba’s contract stand-off that could end his Man United career – including how HE offered to sign in 2019, but was rebuffed, and suspicions over who wants him out
- Paul Pogba has just eight months left on his current Manchester United contract
- He approached the club in the summer of 2019 to sign a new deal at Old Trafford
- However, the club chose instead to trigger a 12-month extension within his deal
- Pogba turned down the club’s offer this summer and is seeking better terms
- The midfielder is still open to signing a new deal despite rejecting the first offer
Manchester United declined the chance to sign Paul Pogba to a new deal in the summer of 2019 after the midfielder made a personal approach to the club.
Sportsmail can today disclose Pogba’s account of the contractual impasse threatening his long-term future at Old Trafford.
The prospect of the France international leaving United for nothing next summer is emerging as a viable possibility as he enters the final eight months of his contract and it can be revealed there is irritation inside the midfielder’s camp over a growing narrative that he is holding the club to ransom.
Paul Pogba approached Man United about signing a new deal in 2019 but was turned down
Pogba has just eight months left on his current contract and could leave on a free next summer
Now he and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) could be parting ways come the end of the season
There have been claims Pogba always intended to secure a lucrative Bosman transfer away from Old Trafford – but the player’s inner circle have strongly refuted those assertions, insisting the midfielder never wanted to become a free agent.
Indeed, he remains open to signing an extension, with Pogba said to be suspicious of the origin of claims he has already decided to leave.
Pogba has faced criticism for his decision not to commit his future to the club in recent weeks. His commitment has been questioned – but he went out of his way to refute claims he ignored head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the loss to Liverpool in a social media post that was then supported by the club last week.
Similarly, on the pitch, Pogba remains the Premier League’s leading assist provider this season with seven, ahead of Mohamed Salah and Gabriel Jesus, despite the feeling he has not been used in his preferred central midfield position.
But speaking after the 5-0 loss to Liverpool at the end of last month, in a game Pogba was sent off shortly after coming on as a half-time substitute, United legend Paul Scholes said: ‘With all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to ransom, and then he comes on and does something like that.’
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (right) has failed to tie down Pogba to a new contract
However, claims Pogba is using the fact he has the contractual upper hand over United to his advantage has led to frustration from within the player’s camp.
Their account of how there has come to be so much uncertainty over Pogba’s future is at odds with what the player’s team feel is being played out publicly.
Sources have indicated that Pogba made it known to United chiefs that he would be open to signing a new contract in the 2019.
A number of Europe’s top clubs were courting Pogba, who the previous summer was one of the players of the tournament as he led France to World Cup glory, at the time
The former Juventus star, however, chose to ignore the rival interest and made signing a new deal at Old Trafford a priority.
Pogba’s outspoken agent Mino Raiola would be part of any negotiations over an extension
The scenario would have avoided the situation United find themselves in at the moment; losing Pogba – who cost a then world record fee of £89.3million in 2016 – on a free transfer ahead of next season.
The club, however, decided against offering him a new deal, instead opting to trigger a 12-month option on his existing contract in 2020.
Since then United have made one formal extension offer to Pogba, which was made earlier this summer.
The midfielder informed the club he did not wish to sign that specific deal and is waiting for United to make another offer. As of yet, the club are yet to return with a second offer.
As a result, there is confusion as to why Pogba is being painted as the antagonist given the club have so far made one formal offer.
United’s No 6 turned down the offer of a new contract this summer as he seeks better terms