It’s safe to say that Paul Pogba’s second stint at Old Trafford has been something of a rollercoaster. The Red Devils made the Frenchman the world’s most expensive player when they spent a then-record €105 million to sign him away from Juventus in the summer of 2016.
Pogba has not led United back to the top of the Premier League during his time back with the club, and earlier this season he was stripped of his vice-captaincy by former manager Jose Mourinho. Pogba completely fell out of favor with Mourinho, and he did not make his way back into the squad until Mourinho was dismissed right before Christmas.
However, Pogba has looked rejuvenated under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The World Cup winner has helped United reach the round of 16 of Champions League, and the Red Devils are a side primed for great things in the near future.
The updated betting odds indicate that Pogba is now much more likely to stay at Old Trafford this summer than leave for greener pastures. With the way things have turned around for both the player and the team in recent weeks, it’s not hard to understand why that is the case.
Pogba was recently linked with Real Madrid after saying that playing for the Spanish giants would be a “dream for anyone.” There were tons of rumors circulating surrounding a possible Pogba transfer after he fell out of favor with Mourinho, but those murmurs have been quieted thanks to his recent run of strong form.
ESPN has reported that Manchester United are prepared to reject any transfer offer for Pogba that comes their way this summer. Regardless of how lucrative an offer they receive, United are reportedly prepared to reject any overtures from Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris St. Germain or any other potentially interested club.
So, if you are deciding where to bet on soccer, I would advise you to steer clear of sites that list Pogba with likely odds to leave Old Trafford in the summer of 2019. The club clearly has no inclination to let him leave during the upcoming window.
Instead, United are reportedly prepared to come to the negotiating table to discuss a potential contract extension for the midfielder. The 26-year-old has clearly enjoyed his time playing under Solskjaer, and the club is optimistic that he will be willing to commit his future to Old Trafford.
United was reportedly on the verge of signing midfielder Ivan Rakitic away from Barcelona last summer as Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho continued to deteriorate. However, United’s interest has waned in Rakitic, and the Croatian international has most recently been linked with a move to Inter Milan instead.
Pogba has scored 9 goals in 17 appearances under Solskjaer, and he has said publicly that the Norwegian should get the Manchester United managerial job on a permanent basis once the season ends. ESPN is also reporting that the club may confirm Solskjaer as the permanent manager by the end of this week.
United have already done business with Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, signing both young players to new contracts earlier this season. Marcus Rashford, who has drawn interest from Barcelona, is reportedly in discussions with a new contract at United, as well. Keeping Pogba on a long-term basis would be another sign that the club are keen on keeping this young core of talent together as long as possible.
Pogba’s current contract with United runs through 2021, so the club are under no real pressure to extend his deal right away. United also holds an option to extend Pogba’s current deal by another year.
Pogba has scored 22 goals in 84 appearances in the Premier League since moving back to Manchester in 2016.