Bruno Fernandes is not willing to sign a new contract with Manchester United until Paul Pogba has done the same, according to reports.
The midfielder has enjoyed a superb start to his career at Old Trafford and, despite having a contract that runs until 2025 – plus the option for another year – United are keen to tie him down to a new bumper deal.
But, Fernandes has been stalling on discussions despite the Red devils being prepared to double his wages at the club.
According to The Sun, the Portuguese star’s hesitancy revolves around the future of Pogba, whose current contract expire in June next year when he will be able to leave United on a free.
United triggered a one-year deal extension clause back in October of last year but have made little or no progress over a long-term extension, with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, having claimed that Pogba wants a new challenge.
But Fernandes sees Pogba – who has enjoyed an amazing campaign this season – as absolutely vital to the club’s future and their chances of closing the gap to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The 26-year-old is reported to be watching Pogba’s situation carefully and does not want to enter into discussions until he has been given assurances over his teammate’s future.
Fernandes also wants to see signs of United ambitions and is taking a keen interest in their summer transfers, with a move for players like Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
While a huge summer signing is not too much to ask for, Pogba’s future is still not clear and United could be forced to sell him if he intimates he will not sign a new deal.
There is hope for United, though, with Pogba enjoying one of his best spells at the club, he said: ‘I’m happy! Of course I’m happy. I’m happy.
‘We’re there, we’re close [to winning trophies]. We’re still in competition for the Europa League, we still have something to play for in the Premier League until City have the trophy in their hands.
‘We have to keep working. We have to keep on playing, that’s the way it is. We still have a chance to win something this year, so