Manchester United’s players are reportedly keen to convince midfielder Paul Pogba to stay on at the club.
Marcus Rashford is one of the players who is attempt to persuade the 28-year-old French international to sign a new contract on offer from the club.
He is believed to have been offered a new deal worth £50 million or £350,000 a week to extend his stay at Old Trafford, with his current agreement set to expire next summer. That means he could leave for nothing in a year’s time, and can also formalise an agreement to join a new club ahead of his departure, in January 2021.
If he does not sign a new deal then United would be motivated to sell him this summer in order to avoid losing him for nothing, with Paris Saint-Germain said to be the favourites for his signature. Real Madrid were his preferred destination but a combination of their financial strife, his generally poor club performances, and having to deal with Mino Raiola, have put off the Spanish side from any serious interest.
The Sun reports that Pogba is valued at around £45 million by PSG.
A source said to the paper: “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.”
United have announced the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid for a fee of around £35 million for the 28-year-old French international, and his arrival coupled with the transfer of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in a £73 million deal might help convince Pogba that he has a future at the club.