The Times: United open preliminary contract talks with Pogba after declined Madrid offer

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Man United have started preliminary talks with Paul Pogba over a new deal, writes Paul Hirst in The Times. They are determined to persuade the Frenchman to stay at Old Trafford beyond 2021 (possibly 2022 if United trigger a 12-month extension).

Pogba’s ‘representatives’ have been contacted. Yes, this means Mino Raiola. ESPN reported last week that the agent had been informed of the club’s desire.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Pogba as a central figure to his plans to be back challenging for trophies soon. This conviction is one of the things United will try to persuade the player with. The other component is wages.

Paul only earns £144,000 per week which isn’t even that much at Old Trafford. He does, however, receives a further £6.5m in image rights and loyalty payments.

Real Madrid remains the dream for the 26-year-old. Last summer, as per The Times, Los Blancos made an offer of £27.4m plus James Rodriguez in exchange for Pogba. United rejected it.

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