Rob DawsonManchester United correspondent
Manchester United will withstand any bid to get Paul Pogba this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.
Reports in Spain have claimed Pogba has already decided to leave Old Trafford but sources have told ESPN FC that United are determined to knock back any interest from the Bernabeu or European heavyweights Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
United have been prepared to open contract discussions with the 26-year old this summer to protect his potential.
Pogba was more settled in Old Trafford because the departure of Jose Mourinho in December.
United researched the prospect of signing Ivan Rakitic in Barcelona since Pogba’s connection with Mourinho deteriorated but interest in the Croatia global has chilled since Mourinho’s dismissal along with Inter Milan direct the chase to sign Rakitic when he’s allowed to leave Camp Nou at the close of the season.
Pogba, meanwhile, has played a key role below Mourinho’s replacement, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring two goals in 17 begins for the Deadly. He’s become an advocate of Solskjaer receiving the work indefinitely and the 46-year old could be installed by the team as early as this past week.
United have already tied down Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw with brand new contracts while discussions with Marcus Rashford — that Barcelona are considering signing — are still continuing. The team are devoted to keeping the core of young players collectively — a team that includes Pogba.
In the absence of a new deal, United will be under no pressure to sell this summer with Pogba under contract until at 2021. In addition they hold an choice to expand the agreement by an additional 12 months.
Regardless of his early season problems below Mourinho, Pogba has been enjoying his most productive campaign since making his pro debut with 14 aims in 37 games, eclipsing his previous best of 10.
Following being stripped from the vice-captaincy by Mourinho in September, the former Juventus guy has been handed the armband by Solskjaer for its 2-1 defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup.
ESPN FC has contacted Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola for comment.