Ed Woodward reportedly contacts Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola over a new deal for the midfielder.

According to reports, Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Paul Pogba’s agent concerning his new contract signing, though the midfielder formed no mystery of his passion to leave Old Trafford in the summer, after his suggestion that he was prepared for a new challenge.

Pogba, who is still on a contract at Old Trafford till the summer of 2021, while the Red devils preserve a 12-month option on the deal that would stretch it for an additional season until June 2022.

He was profoundly linked with a move to the Spanish side Real Madrid and rumoured with a move back to Serie A giants Juventus during the recently closed summer. Man Utd rebuffed all approaches for the player during the transfer window and are said to valued Pogba at €165m (£150m) which Madrid was not able to finance.

It was understood that Real was never in serious pursuit of Pogba last summer and the transfer saga was more of a public mimicry for the sake of appeasing coach Zinedine Zidane, who has long been a keen admirer of his fellow countryman N’Golo Kante.

Real had already spent around €300m on new players and failed to offload the peers of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in order to accumulate more funds and free up space. The only rumoured bid for Pogba was a ‘derisory’ proposal of €30m plus James.

However, the European transfer window has been shut down and United have got the World Cup hero until the winter of January at least before any further negotiation with any other clubs.

Whether Pogba is ready to pledge his future to United persists to be seen. Despite his public statements in June revealing his hope for a ‘new challenge’, the French central midfielder expressed his wish to seek a fresh challenge by saying:

“There is a lot of thinking going on, I have been three years in Manchester and have been doing great – some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody, like everywhere else.

After this season and everything that happened, with my season being my best season … it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

He’s said to be on £290,000-a-week wages, so a much-improved proposal might be contrary to achieve.

Pogba’s brother, Mathias, told El Chiringuito earlier this week, he said: “Paul knows that he cannot leave Manchester United so he’s going to focus on this season.

“It’s not easy right now, because he has a lot of responsibility in the team, a lot of big players have left.

“The only great player is [David] De Gea, the goalkeeper, which means he’s going to have to put a lot of effort into every game.”

Pogba could leave for free that summer or his transfer estimate could be significantly reduced next summer if a new agreement has still not been reached.

El Mundo Deportivo cites a report in the Evening Standard that the central midfielder is next on United’s list following contract renewals for David De Gea and Victor Lindelof.

The report adds that teenage attacking star Mason Greenwood and midfielder Jesse Lingard are also on the list up for contract renewals at Old Trafford.

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