Paul Pogba is set to start the season in Manchester United’s squad before making a decision on his future before the transfer windows across Europe close next month.
The France midfielder, whose current contract expires in 11 months, has never formally rejected United’s contract offer stay but is ready to take his time over his next move.
After joining up with United’s squad this week, he’s likely to start the season in nine days’ time in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad when they face Leeds in their Premier League opener on Saturday week. He was due back last week but his return was delayed when the club had a Covid-19 outbreak.
Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Pogba and are watching his situation carefully. Their season in Ligue 1 starts at the weekend and business is unlikely next week, meaning the 28-year-old’s future will be in the spotlight during the season when the window is still open.
Last season the Premier League reverted to their August 31 deadline to get transfers done, rather than closing the market before the season, leaving a two-week period of time when players are in action while their futures are up in the air.
This will also give United a window of opportunity where Pogba is playing in front of supporters again and they can make their feelings clear on whether they want him to stay at Old Trafford in the long-term.
While returning to Paris looks like a move to suit all parties, a deal may not be straightforward.
When Pogba was linked with PSG, supporters displayed a banner at their Parc des Princes stadium reading: “Pogba, you should listen to your mother. She doesn’t want you here, neither do we.” The reference to Pogba’s mother refers to her being a fan of bitter rivals Marseille.
While Mauricio Pochettino would welcome Pogba into his midfield, a return for the World Cup-winner with France to his home city, returning to Paris would be a radical change from his low-key lifestyle in Manchester.
PSG would be one of only a clutch of clubs who could afford the £290,000 (€340k) a week United pay Pogba following his record-breaking £89m transfer from Juventus five years ago.
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