Manchester United have suffered a potential setback in their plans to tie down star midfielder Paul Pogba to a new contract.
The 28-year-old has been attracting the attention of a host of top European clubs for several months after refusing to put pen to paper on fresh terms at United.
Pogba has entered the final 12 months of his current deal at Old Trafford, and although the club’s hierarchy have reportedly offered him £400,000 per week to stay put, an agreement has not yet been reached.
According to Spanish outlet AS, the World Cup winner will not put pen to paper on any contract until April.
Their report stated: “The feedback United has received from Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, is that it will not be until April that they will discuss the future of the international Bleu.
“A waiting time that benefits Real Madrid and the rest of the player’s potential suitors. It is also a maneuver to see what happens to the situation of Pogba himself in the plans of the Red Devil.”
Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain were heavily linked with a move for Pogba over the summer before their shock move for Lionel Messi meant that his arrival was no longer a financial possibility.
Since then, the 6 foot 2 maestro has been largely impressive for United, with an outstanding haul of four assists in the opening game of the season earning praise from teammate Bruno Fernandes.
The 27-year-old told MUTV after the emphatic victory over Leeds: “I’m pretty sure Paul could do five or six (assists) in one game! Paul is a quality player; we all trust him, we all know his qualities.
“The point is making those performances and to help the team do better and I’m pretty sure Paul is here to do that.”
Further assists against Southampton and Newcastle United have taken his tally up to seven for the season, while he is the squad’s third-best performer in 2021/22 as per WhoScored metrics, but the engine room operator’s red card for a horrendous challenge on Naby Keita against Liverpool last time out has somewhat tarnished his solid start.
It remains to be seen where Pogba’s long-term future lies, but many United fans may well be worried at this latest revelation coming out of Spain.