Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo signing could convince Paul Pogba to stay

Manchester United are hopeful the signing

of Cristiano Ronaldo could convince Paul Pogba to

commit his future to the club.

The feeling at hierarchical level at United is the return

of Ronaldo is such a compelling statement of intent

that it may persuade Pogba to stay.

Pogba, 28, has entered the last year of his contract

and would be free to negotiate a pre-contract

agreement with overseas clubs in the

January transfer window unless he agrees a new

deal with United before then.

Ronaldo, 36, has become United’s highest earner on

£480,000-a-week, with David de Gea second on

£375,000-a-week. Pogba is on £295,000-a-week.

Pogba has still not shown any concrete interest in

signing a new United contract but the club now have

more time to pitch to Pogba that he would not be

wasting the last competitive years of his career at the club.

United have not won a trophy since Pogba’s first

season back in 2016-17 and have gone four seasons

without any silverware.

When asked about Ronaldo’s return to United, Pogba

said: “Everybody knows [what he brings]. He’s already

a legend at this club and he is coming back.

“Obviously, it’s good for us, he’s going to bring his

experience and quality. When he comes, the level

goes up. We’re really pleased he’s coming and the

most important thing today was the win so that when

he comes we keep this winning mentality and keep going.”

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said last December

Pogba’s United career was ‘over’ and outlined his

intention to engineer a transfer in the summer window.

Raiola initially attempted to move Pogba in the 2019

summer window but United did not receive an

acceptable offer. The Covid-19 pandemic effectively

scuppered a departure in the last two summer

windows due to the financial impact on elite clubs.

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