Barcelona target Paul Pogba has told Manchester United bosses that he wants a £200,000-a-week pay rise if he is to remain at the club, according to reports. The French midfielder is at the centre of a late transfer tug-of-war, with both Barca and Italian giants Juventus keen to prise him away from Old Trafford having been alerted to his discontent at the club. Pogba fell out with manager Jose Mourinho several times last season, with the pair arguing over his best position, while he was not happy with comments the Portuguese coach made about his World Cup displays either.
His agent, Mino Raiola, presented an offer from Barca earlier this week which was rejected by United, and now The Sun report that he has told Ed Woodward it will take a massive new contract offer to convince him to stay. Pogba currently earns £180k-a-week at Old Trafford, but has demanded an enormous pay hike that would give him wage parity with January signing Alexis Sanchez on £380k-a-week.
Woodward is desperate to keep Pogba at the club, with the United executive vice-chairman having broken the club’s transfer record to bring the Frenchman back to Manchester. He has enormous commercial value to United, and as such Woodward is considering giving into Pogba’s demands and handing him a mammoth new long-term contract.
Mourinho is thought to be rather less determined to keep Pogba, and has instructed Jorge Mendes to begin setting up a deal for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the event Pogba were to leave. Pogba, meanwhile, has told teammates at United that he would like to move to Camp Nou, though Barcelona will need to significantly increase their offer to convince United to sell so late in the window.