Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offers update on Paul Pogba contract situation
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to transfer talk surrounding Manchester United star Paul Pogba, stating that ‘talks are ongoing’ over a new contract for the Frenchman, who is ‘looking forward to the season’ ahead.
The 28-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, which could see him leave the club for a cut-price fee this summer, or walk away for nothing in July 2022. He has also rejected the Red Devils’ most recent offer, which has sparked interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer discussed Pogba’s contract situation after the Red Devils’ 4-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in Saturday’s pre-season friendly, confirming that the club is still in talks with his representatives over a new contract.
“There’s always speculation about Paul and clubs being interested, and we’ve seen Paul at his best,” Solskjaer said.
“Paul knows what we feel about it and I’ve enjoyed my time working with him and hopefully we can work together. The talks between the club and Paul’s representatives, I’m not in the detail of every single one of them. I’ve got nothing to say about that. Let’s see what happens.”
Solskjaer went as far as to suggest that Pogba is ‘looking forward to the season’ with Man Utd, hinting that the Frenchman may not be leaving Old Trafford in the summer.
“The talks are ongoing between Paul’s representatives and the club representatives. All the dialogue I’ve had with Paul is he’s looking forward to the season.”
Pogba is unsurprisingly attracting the interest of a number of potential buyers, and Man Utd have even been expecting a formal offer from French giants PSG to arrive in the coming days.
Les Parisiens may step up their attempts to lure the midfielder away from Manchester, after news broke that the former Juventus star had rejected the Red Devils’ latest offer, believed to be in the region of £350,000-a-week.
Man Utd may be forced into selling Pogba to one of their European rivals in the coming weeks should he refuse to put pen to paper on a new deal. The Premier League outfit already had to watch their youth academy product walk away for nothing back in 2012, and they’ll be hoping to avoid a repeat of that a decade later.