Manchester United have dismissed rumours that Paul Pogba is holding the club to ransom in an attempt to force through a switch to Real Madrid.
Los Blancos were reportedly desperate to recruit Pogba during the summer but met fierce resistance from United, who were unwilling to sell (at least for below their asking price) despite the player’s own public admission of a desire to move for a ’new challenge’.
With the Red Devils unwilling to sell, it has been rumoured that the Frenchman has demanded an outrageous pay rise to stay at United, in the hope that it would force the club to let him go.
However, according to The Mirror, Pogba has not demanded a £600,000-a-week contract and United do not feel any pressure to tie him down to a fresh deal.
A United insider is quoted as saying:
“Reports of him demanding £600,000-a-week to stay aren’t true. Paul has two years left on his contract so time is on our side in terms of discussions on a new deal.