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Manchester United stars working hard to persuade Paul Pogba to stay


Paul Pogba is in Manchester United limbo once again (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United players are doing their best to convince Paul Pogba to stay at the club this summer and beyond, with the midfielder’s future in question once again.

The Frenchman is out of contract at Manchester United next year and a new deal is not anywhere near being signed as yet.

The Red Devils will be loathed to let the 28-year-old leave on a free transfer in 2022 so will be tempted to cash in on him this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain interested.

However, Pogba’s teammates are very keen for him to stay at Old Trafford and commit his future to the club, with Marcus Rashford among those getting in the Frenchman’s ear.

A source told The Sun: ‘Rashford and several others have been doing everything to convince Pogba to stay.

‘They believe the team would lose a key man if he goes as he’s seen as a genuine world-class talent among the squad.

‘He’s also a leader in the dressing room — one of the players the younger ones look up to when the team is struggling.’

The announcement that Pogba’s international teammate Raphael Varane has agreed a deal to join United could help persuade him to stay.

The centre-back is on the verge of completing the move, with everything already agreed and the transfer will see United pay Real Madrid £34m, with add-ons potentially rising to around £42m.

Raphael Varane is set to confirm his move to Manchester United this week (Picture: Getty Images)

PSG are reportedly willing to offer around £40m for Pogba and he is interested in making the move to the French capital.

While some Manchester United players are keen for Pogba to stay put, the club may wish to cash in on him now, rather than offer him another contract on monstrous wages, with his current deal worth £290,000-a-week.

A new deal would see that likely increase, which is difficult to justify based on his performances since he returned to the club from Juventus in 2016.


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