Manchester United are reportedly considering a potential summer move for Leicester City’s midfielder Wilfred Ndidi as decision over Paul Pogba’s future remains unclear.
The Frenchman has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with his agent Mino Raiola publicly stating that the midfielder wants to leave the club.
However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to retain the player’s services and there is now talk of a bumper new £400,000-a-week four-year deal for the France international.
It is claimed that contract talks will begin this month, with the Red Devils willing to make the 28-year-old their highest-paid player.
Pogba will soon be entering the final year of his current deal and if he does not sign a new contract, he could walk away on a free transfer at the end of next season.
Alternatively, United could opt to cash in this summer if that was the case and are said to want £80million for the World Cup winner.
Former club Juventus and Real Madrid have both been credited with an interest in signing Pogba.
Should United sell him, they have drawn up a list of possible replacements which includes Leicester star Wilfred Ndidi, according to The Mirror.
However, the report says that United’s “preferred option” is for Pogba to commit his future to the club.
It adds: “United believe Pogba is unlikely to get a better offer this summer as the financial ramifications of the pandemic continue to bite.”
Solskjaer has made his feelings on the issue clear, saying: “I had Paul when he was a reserve player as well and he knows my feelings about him and that I want him to stay.
“I have always said with Paul that I enjoy managing him, I enjoy coaching him, I enjoy talking to him and I also enjoy challenging him because he is a winner.
“He wants to be better and that’s why he listens.
“You can see he’s enjoying himself here. He has a smile on his face.
“It’s important we treat each other with respect – and I try to treat everyone with the same amount of respect – but there are some players you have known since they were young lads and that’s the case with Paul.
“The longer you have known them, the easier it is to have a bond with them.
“It’s about creating a competitive environment that we can all thrive in and a competitive team challenging for trophies.”