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Source claims Adidas acted as “peacemakers” to keep Paul Pogba at Manchester United

Paul Pogba

The France World Cup winner was the subject of constant speculation during the summer transfer window after hinting that he was ready to leave Old Trafford.

However, the Star (opens in new tab) reports that German sportswear giants Adidas – who have a 10-year boot deal with Pogba worth £31 million and a kit-making contract with United (opens in new tab) until 2024 worth £750 million – played a crucial role in keeping Pogba in Manchester.

A source close to the Red Devils hierarchy told the newspaper: “They acted as peacemakers between the player, his agent and the club.

“Adidas were crucial in persuading all the parties to resolve their differences for another season.”

Pogba has played every minute of Manchester United's Premier League campaign so far this season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side only have five points after four matches. 

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.