Where Man Utd stand on Paul Pogba amid new contract talks claim

Manchester United have opened talks with Paul Pogba's representatives over a new contract, according to reports.

Pogba's future has been up in the air for many months after his agent, Mino Raiola, claimed the midfielder would like to leave Old Trafford.

The Frenchman joined from Juventus for a club-record £89million in 2016 but has only won two trophies with the Red Devils, failing to satisfy his burning desire for silverware.

Pogba has one season remaining on his current deal, meaning United are faced with losing the World Cup winner for free next year unless they can agree to new terms with him.

Old Trafford chiefs are fully aware of their predicament and have opened talks to try and strike a new contract with their former academy prospect, claims Sky Sports.

They remain hopeful Pogba could have a change of heart over leaving, while there also appears to be a lack of destinations for the versatile midfielder.

The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona have been credited with interest and a return to Juventus is another option, but Europe's giants are expected to operate on limited budgets this summer in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though Pogba has just 12 months remaining on his deal at United, the Premier League side are sure to command a considerable fee for his services.

As such, Pogba's trio of suitors, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, would prefer to enter talks with Raiola in January over a free transfer next year.

Losing Pogba for nothing would be the worst case scenario for United, who have already been left enraged by Raiola's actions throughout the season.

The super-agent declared "it's over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United" in an interview published by Italian outlet Tuttosport in early December, just hours before a crucial Champions League group-stage match for the Red Devils.

Nonetheless, mananger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued to rely heavily on the 28-year-old throughout the season; Pogba made 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals and chipping in with nine assists.

Last month, Pogba suggested his future lies with United - at least for another season - as he outlined his aim of winning the Premier League.

"Maybe the next step is to stay and play in one position, to help my team to win the Premier League," he told BT Sport as he reflected on his numerous midfield roles under Solskjaer.

"That’s the next step, that’s what I’m saying. Everything is possible. If you don’t believe, then there’s no point in playing."

Pogba has won the Carabao Cup and Europa League with United, but fell short in the latter competition this season as Villarreal triumphed in the final on penalties.

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