Manchester United star Paul Pogba set to sign new contract after Juventus transfer twist

Man Utd: Solskjaer praises match-winner Pogba

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Manchester United look set to keep Paul Pogba after Juventus told Mino Raiola they couldn’t afford him, according to reports. The Red Devils midfielder is a vital part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad over at Old Trafford. But while he’s previously been unhappy, his mood may now have improved.

Manchester United signed Pogba from Juventus back in the summer transfer window of 2016, splashing out £89million on the midfielder.

He’s failed to propel them to the Premier League or Champions League trophies, however, with the club blowing hot and cold under both Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho.

Pogba is valued by United, though, with the Red Devils believing they’re better with him than they are without him.

The France international’s agent, Raiola, claimed back in December that the 27-year-old was unhappy with his role at the Theatre of Dreams.

But, ever since then, United have given the 2018 World Cup winner more freedom on the pitch – coinciding with some improved performances as a result.

Despite that, his future remains uncertain.

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Juventus would love to re-sign the midfielder, whose contract with the Red Devils is due to expire next summer.

Yet Stretty News report that the Old Lady have told Raiola they don’t have the finances needed to broker a deal at the end of the campaign.

Like many clubs around the planet, the reigning Serie A giants have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

And while talks between Raiola and Juventus remain ongoing, they simply don’t have the money needed to satisfy Pogba’s huge salary demands.

For now, the deal is very much off.

And it’s also claimed Pogba is fully expected to sign a new deal with United ’in the near future’.

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Real Madrid have long been linked with the France international, with Zinedine Zidane a huge admirer of his compatriot.

But Los Blancos have other priorities this summer. Kylian Mbappe is their top transfer target, while the likes of David Alaba and Eduardo Camavinga are also under consideration.

Meanwhile, speaking ahead of United’s Premier League showdown with Brighton on Sunday, Solskjaer sent a clear message to Raiola about Pogba.

“While he’s been at the club Paul has always wanted what is best for Man United,” the Norwegian declared. “He’s been such an important part of the squad on and off the pitch.

“Paul is a player we want to see at Man United and play well. Just to have him back fit for the last two months, he’s going to be important to us.

“We know he can be the difference between many, many points or going through in Europe like we did against AC Milan.

“The focus is now on finishing the season strongly and Paul knows what my thoughts are.”

Solskjaer also thinks Pogba’s return from injury will be a ‘massive boost’ to his side.

“It’ll be a massive boost and he’s come back bright and he’s ready to go,” the United manager said. “We know how important he will be for us and how important he has been.

“To have players of his quality out for longer periods, that just shows the quality of the others as well.

“But towards the end of the season now, having Paul back fit and getting our forwards back firing again, hopefully we can get that spark and score more goals again.”

He then added: “We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us.

“I’m just happy he’s focused and playing really well. He’s happy within himself and that’s important: you can see Paul enjoying football himself with a red shirt on.

“Our conversations remain private, of course. But for example, Paul is a Manchester United player through and through.

“He’s been here in two spells. He came as a kid, he’s learnt about the history of the club, the passion of the club.

“He wants to do the best for United when he’s here and I think we’ve seen that – that he really cares for his team and he’s trying to be as successful as everyone else.”

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