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Manchester United want Paul Pogba's contractual situation resolved by the end of the year, with the Frenchman yet to commit his long-term future to the club.
According to The Sun, there is hope that the midfielder will pen a new £400k-per-week deal before their arbitrary deadline, but with the likes of Real Madrid and PSG both thought to be keen on signing him, time is of the essence.
With Pogba's current United deal coming to an end next summer, the player would be free to talk to interested parties in January as things stand.
This time last year, the idea of the 28-year-old staying put at Old Trafford would have seemed very far fetched, given the fractured nature of his relationship with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow countrymen Raphael Varane, there is a sense that United are headed in the right direction; and hence, they could still convince Pogba to stick with the club that handed him his professional debut.
The Sun additionally claims that regular conversations have already taken place with Pogba agent, the notorious Mino Raiola.
If a deal can be struck between all parties, the player's weekly wage is expected to top out at the £400k mark, making him one of the Premier League's highest earners.
With Pogba now entering his perceived prime years as a footballer, the Manchester club will want to be the chief beneficiaries, having produced him through their academy system before selling the World Cup winner to Juventus.
He'd spend the next four years in Italy, winning several Serie A titles, before returning to Old Trafford in 2016.
While United are confident of keeping hold of their £89 million asset, interest from superclubs like PSG shouldn't be discounted.
The French outfit, who recently attracted Lionel Messi to Parc Des Princes, are expected to throw their hat into the ring if Pogba cannot agree a new deal with his current employer.
Long-time admirers Real Madrid could also make a move, although financial restrictions at the Spanish club will inevitably complicate a move.
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