The coronavirus pandemic has hit football clubs hard. Virtually all revenue streams have come to a streaking halt and although the return of the game looks near, the last two months have had a devastating impact on the sporting economy.
Such financial implications will no doubt impact the next transfer window and club’s abilities to spend lavishly. Although rumours continue to circulate, fans must take every story with a pinch of salt – most European teams have required the furlough scheme or pay cuts to simply survive these challenging times.
So, if transfer recruitment is going to be limited, many clubs may not be fearful in losing some of their most prised assets. In Manchester United’s case, their chances of keeping Paul Pogba this summer have improved dramatically.
The Frenchman often finds himself at the centre of transfer speculation, and with just over twelve months left on his current contract, rumours began picking up serious traction at the start of the year. Real Madrid and Juventus have predominantly been the two clubs cited with the most serious interest, hardly surprising given Zinedine Zidane’s long-term admiration of the player and the midfielder’s history with the Italian side.
Although United have the option to extend the Frenchman’s deal by a further year, as of now, this is the last summer the club have to cash in if the player desires to leave. As per The Times though, the Red Devils are ‘confident’ Pogba will be at Old Trafford next season.
The report cites that they believe ‘Mino Raiola is the only person who wants him to leave’, and that the Frenchman remains very much in their plans. Since returning from his ankle injury, Pogba has been described as ‘competitive’ in training, with plans being put into place for the midfielder to strike up a partnership with Bruno Fernandes.
As United hunt for Champions League qualification, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hopeful of the duo hitting it off together on the field. The above story highlights United’s intentions to carry on building a side that includes Pogba, with the outside noise not distracting the club’s progressive plans.
Large doubts have been placed on nine-figure transfer fees this summer, meaning nobody will be able to match United’s valuation of the player. As things stand, there’s no realistic avenue for Pogba to depart this summer.
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