Paul Pogba open to signing new Man Utd deal as Ed Woodward and Mino Raiola bond explained | Football | Sport


Paul Pogba is not ruling out signing a new contract at Manchester United as the club plan to open talks in the coming weeks.

Pogba expressed his appetite for a “new challenge” in the summer and was keen to work under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

Los Blancos could not afford the £150million price tag United slapped on their talisman, however, as did other interested European clubs.

Agent Mino Raiola was also outspoken about the pair’s desire  to leave Old Trafford but is expected to  a call from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward soon.

That is because United want to open talks over a new contract for Pogba, according to ESPN.

United recently tied up first-teamers David de Gea and Victor Lindelof on long-term deals and have now switched their attention to the midfielder.

Pogba has 21 months left on his current United deal and the club have an option to extend his stay by a further year to 2022.

Old Trafford white-collars would rather have Pogba commit his future to the club, though, in order to quash the constant speculation which creates a cloud over Carrington.

United expect it will be “tough” to twist Pogba’s arm but are boosted by the fact the France international has ostensibly not closed the door to new terms.

The report also states Woodward and Raiola have a “good relationship” with each other.

Raiola was representing Pogba in August 2016 when Woodward brokered a then-world-record £89million deal to bring the Juventus player back to Manchester.

He is also the agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined United the same summer as Pogba, and was by Romelu Lukaku’s side when the Belgian signed in 2017.

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