Man United believe Paul Pogba will stay at Old Trafford this summer, but fear losing him at the end of the season.
Paris Saint-Germain were seen as favorites to land him before they stunned the football world with the signing of Lionel Messi. The ex-Barcelona icon’s transfer, however, also means the Ligue 1 outfit are no longer in a financial position to land Pogba in the same window.
As per ESPN, United are convinced the 28-year-old will remain at the club, as it’s “highly unlikely” that any team, including PSG, could afford to sign the World Cup winner, meaning he will still be a Red Devil beyond August.
Further, the Premier League giants are set to continue efforts to persuade Pogba to commit to a long-term contract.
However, with less than 12 months remaining on his contract, United are losing hope, and there’s a fear the France international has ‘already made up his mind’ to leave next summer. Having said that, any decision is yet to be officially communicated to club bosses.
Meanwhile, United are also open to adding another new face to their squad before the deadline. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly prioritising a midfielder ahead of a right-back, but a fourth summer signing is not considered urgent.
Whether the new midfielder will be targeted with an aim to replace Pogba or play behind him in the middle of the park is unclear at this stage.