MANCHESTER UNITED stars are trying to persuade Paul Pogba to stay — as Raphael Varane’s £34.2million Old Trafford transfer was confirmed.
Marcus Rashford is one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s big guns urging the French World Cup winner, 28, to sign a new contract with the Red Devils.
Pogba has so far refused a new deal — meaning United would cash in for the right fee.
Paris Saint-Germain lead the chase but would only fork out around half of the £89m United paid for him five years ago.
A source said: “Rashford and several others have been doing everything to convince Pogba to stay.
“They believe the team would lose a key man if he goes as he’s seen as a genuine world-class talent among the squad.
“He’s also a leader in the dressing room — one of the players the younger ones look up to when the team is struggling.”
Pogba, due back at Carrington later this week, has told team-mates he is waiting to finalise details with United.
But the worry is the midfielder, who initially left United for Juventus in 2012, could go again if PSG put in a suitable offer.
There is a hope the arrival of his international pal Varane — on an initial four-year deal with the option of another 12 months — might help convince him.
United confirmed on Tuesday night the club has ‘reached an agreement with Real Madrid for Varane, subject to a medical and to player terms being finalised’.
Centre-back Varane, 28, won 18 trophies with Real, and the Spanish giants thanked him for his ‘professionalism and exemplary behaviour’ over ten years.
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With new signings Varane and Jadon Sancho sorted, Solskjaer wants some direction over Pogba.
United’s boss knows his budget for the rest of the summer is tied to the superstar’s future.
Bruno Fernandes returned to Red Devils training on Tuesday although Alex Telles is set to miss the start of the Prem after Solskjaer confirmed his ankle injury is ‘worse than we hoped’.
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