Manchester United have made the decision to trigger the contract extension clause in Paul Pogba’s contract, according to reports.
Italian transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano claims United decided six months ago to offer the France midfielder an extension to his existing contract.
The 27-year-old is out of contract in 2021, but United hold an option to extend that by 12 months and Romano says United will trigger that as they have done with Nemanja Matic.
The club are believed to have exercised the clause in Matic’s deal and are in fact in talks about the experienced Serb staying for longer.
The decision on Pogba’s deal will ensure the injured midfielder’s transfer value remains intact. Pogba’s Man Utd future has been in doubt for months with the player last featuring on Boxing Day after being plagued by an ankle problem.
Man United are in contact with Matic’s agent to extend his contract until June 2021 (not a new deal, just ready to trigger 1 year extension).#MUFC have also decided 6 months ago to do the same with Paul Pogba if necessary (until June 2022) – but he can be sold on next summer
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 17, 2020
However, Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Pogba was staying following the Red Devils’ emphatic 5-0 victory against Austrian side LASK last week.
“Paul’s our player,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying following the 5-0 win over LASK of Linz, per The Daily Telegraph’s James Ducker.
“He has two years left on his contract, a year plus the option of another. You can expect Paul to be here [next season], yeah.”
According to Le10Sport, Pogba and Mino Raiola are working hard to “heal their relationship” with United in order to smooth over talks over his departure, with the World Cup winner still very much intent on quitting the club.
Juventus CEO Fabio Paratici is prepared to spend €100m this summer to bring Pogba back to the club – but the Turin outfit will walk away from the deal should United ask for more with Calciomercato reporting that Juve will instead go for Lyon star Houssem Aouar as their designated Plan B.
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