Pay Rise For Wantaway Star?
Manchester United are prepared to offer Paul Pogba a pay rise to £500,000 a week if he stays at the club.
The France international is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford with both Juventus and Real Madrid said to be interested. Pogba said at the weekend that now could be the time to start looking for a new challenge. But according to the Daily Mail, United are determined to hang on to Pogba and are prepared to make him the highest-paid player at the club.
United have already told potential suitors that Pogba isn’t for sale. It is being claimed in Spain that he is prepared to take a cut in his current wages to make the move to Real Madrid. The paper adds that Real have already made an opening offer to United of £90 million but that it has been rejected out-of-hand by the Premier League side.
Pogba has two years left on his current deal although Manchester United have the option to extend it by a further year.
The Mail claims that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants Pogba to stay at the club, not so much because of the potential of his performances on the field but because of his commercial value.
Pogba spent last week in Asia doing promotional work for United’s kit manufacturers Adidas. He is extremely popular in Japan and South Korea and is regarded as one of the top five most valuable playing commodities in the world.
Wan-Bissaka Bid Rejected
Manchester United have had a second bid for full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka rejected by Crystal Palace.
United recently bid £40 million for the England under-21 international, but while reports have claimed that Palace are holding out for £60 million for the 21-year-old, Sky Sports claims they will accept between £45 million and £50 million.
It is believed that this second bid was for £35 million up front with up to a further £15 million more in add-ons and bonuses.