With Erik ten Hag set to become Manchester United’s new permanent manager, talk of Paul Pogba’s future continues to dominate the headlines.
On the same day, it was announced that a ‘verbal agreement’ was hit with the Ajax boss to take the reins at Old Trafford, with reports of a staggering contract offer made to Pogba also materializing.
The mirror reports that Manchester United have made a new contract offer to the Frenchman which, if he accepts, will see him become the highest-paid player in the Premier League.
The World Cup winner’s contract at Old Trafford expires in June and Pogba is expected to seek a new challenge and leave Manchester United on a free transfer for the second time in his career.
After being re-signed by Jose Mourinho in 2016 for a world record £89mthe move didn’t work out for either Pogba or United.
United have not won a trophy for five years since winning the Europa League against Ajax and Pogba’s early years as a footballer were wasted playing for the Reds, who failed to compete for major trophies since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Pogba doesn’t have the same love and pride in playing for United as his beloved France.
The 29-year-old has always used international breaks to speak out about United’s fate.
During the March break, Pogba said Le Figaro: “You have to be honest, it doesn’t satisfy me, over the last five seasons, but really not at all. This year, it’s dead, we won’t win anything yet. Whether it’s with Manchester or at another club, I want to win trophies.
With United unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League and the likes of Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata set to leave the club on free transfers, Ten Hag will have an immediate opportunity to make his own mark. on the team.
Unless the Dutchman has made it clear he wants Manchester United to leave no stone unturned to keep Pogba, handing the former Juventus player a lucrative new deal would make no sense.
Pogba, who hasn’t won the Champions League in his career, is highly unlikely to stay at United on a rebuilding plan unless he is shown the money.
If the Frenchman isn’t interested in committing to Ten Hag’s plans, move him on and sign a player who commits to the cause and give James Garner a chance to claim his position.
United are said to be willing to offer Pogba a base salary of £400,000 a week, with add-ons potentially reaching half a million.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently United’s biggest earner, earning £450,000 a week, followed by goalkeeper David De Gea, who earns £375,000 a week.
Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane earn £300,000 a week, Bruno Fernandes earns £250,000 a week, skipper Harry Maguire earns £200,000 a week.
Pogba will have no shortage of suitors this summer, but if his infamous agent Mino Raiola convinced United to offer such tempting terms, it will be abundantly clear that the duo held Manchester United to ransom and got the result. they wanted.
Manchester United have an opportunity for a cultural reset under Ten Hag, but making Paul Pogba the club’s highest-paid player would hamper the Dutchman before he’s even started.