Manchester United want to have a final decision on Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford made by Christmas.
The midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his current contract at the club and would be free to talk to other clubs in January.
United bosses are desperate to avoid having the saga drag out over the second half of the season to prevent it overshadowing any success Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might achieve this term.
They have been in regular conversation with agent Mino Raiola in an attempt to thrash out terms on a new contract which could reach £400,000-a-week, according to The Sun.
The Red Devils are understood to have grown quietly confident over the past couple of months that the Frenchman will commit his future to the club.
But they are also aware there is interest from Europe’s elite to land the French World Cup winner – most notably Ligue 1 giants PSG.
During the transfer window it was reported that the Parisians were reportedly willing to offer Pogba £510,000-a-week wages if he joins them for free next summer.
Real Madrid have also been keen but have long been fluttering their eyelashes at Kylian Mbappe and he remains their priority for next summer. It is doubtful the Spanish side will make a move for both France internationals.
Pogba has enjoyed a superb start to the season. He opened the campaign with an outstanding performance that saw the 28-year-old join the Premier League history books, equalling the record for the most assists in one game – a feat achieved by only seven other players.
It is also believed that Pogba has welcomed their capture of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But United already have set their sights on Franck Kessie as a replacement for Pogba if he does end up on the move, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Calciomercato.