Manchester United are planning to make star French midfielder Paul Pogba the highest-paid player in the Premier League, reports The Sun. His current contract sees him become a free agent next summer, and United are reportedly trying their best to tie him down before the next season begins.
Paul Pogba’s current contract sees him earn €290,000 a week, and the Old Trafford administrative chiefs are ready to offer a huge increment on that. The rumoured deal sees Pogba earn a whopping €400,000 every week which takes him past United’s current top earner David De Gea, who currently earns €375,000 per week.
United had triggered a one-year extension clause in his contract back in January, which keeps him at Manchester till the end of next season. The French midfielder has been world-class but inconsistent ever since his return to England, featuring 208 times and racking up 38 goals and 42 assists.
Before the Euros had started, Pogba had said that there were no concrete proposals from the club. “I have one year left in my contract and everybody knows it. I know that the club made no concrete proposal,” he had said back then.
“We finished the season with the Europa League and after that we had our holidays. I didn’t have the chance to speak with the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer). I am still a Manchester United player, obviously, but the only thought I have about my future is the Euros. It’s about the Euros, it’s about focusing on the competition.”
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has spoken about the player leaving for another club on many occasions, stating that the midfielder was ‘unhappy’ at the club. However, Pogba has since quashed any talks of a transfer and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer too hit out at agent Raiola for fanning rumours.
The Sun-Paul Pogba controversy
Back in the October of 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments about Islamic terrorism was followed by a controversial article by Sun magazine where they stated that World Cup winner Paul Pogba had retired from the national side. Pogba immediately went on the offensive and took to Instagram to deny the rumours and call out the magazine.
“So The Sun did it again… absolutely 100% unfounded news about me are going around, stating things I have never said or thought. I am appalled, angry, shocked and frustrated some “media” sources use me to make total fake headlines in the sensible subject of French current events and adding the French National Team to the pot. I am against any and all forms of terror and violence,” the midfielder captioned his post: which contained the published article with “Fake News” stamped on it in red.
He went on to threaten legal action against the paper for publishing what he said was ‘fake news’. He ended his rant with an assertive “Shame on You’ directed at the magazine.
Paul Pogba next plays for France in an important Group F match against Portugal in a game decides if they progress to the next round or not. After winning the World Cup in 2018, France are considered to be one of the favourites to win the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament too.