Paul Pogba is edging towards signing a new contract at Manchester United, reveals The Athletic.
Pogba arrived back at Man Utd from Juventus for around €100 million in 2016. He had previously been at the club at the beginning of his professional career but moved to Italy due to a lack of opportunities.
Since returning to Old Trafford, he has made 203 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, scoring 38 goals.
In this time frame, he has won the League Cup, Europa League and the World Cup with France.
The 28-year-old often divides opinion among the fans. His extreme talent is undeniable, and he can produce brilliant performances.
However, his consistency and commitment to the cause have come into question on multiple occasions.
Nonetheless, Man Utd will be desperate not to lose him on a free transfer. The Frenchman has under one year remaining on his current contract, and negotiations over a new deal have made little progress.
It now looks like there may have been a breakthrough. According to The Athletic, Pogba is now leaning towards staying at the 20-time English champions.
The report states that Saturday’s 4-1 victory at home to Newcastle United has impacted the midfielder’s mindset.
He was one of the stars of the show against the Magpies, assisting two goals. This took his tally to seven for the season – four more than anyone else in the league.
But the day was all about Cristiano Ronaldo, who made his second debut for the club. Rather unsurprisingly, he marked the occasion with a brace.
The signing of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, as well as the captures of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, has massively ramped up the optimism at Old Trafford.
There is now a strong feeling that they have a team capable of winning the biggest honours. If they can end their four-year trophy drought this term, Pogba may be encouraged to stay.
However, they will face some fierce competition on the domestic stage.
Manchester City are in the hunt for their fourth league title in five years, while Liverpool and Chelsea have both made flying starts to the campaign.