Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is keen to make a move back to Juventus when he manages to secure an exit from Old Trafford.
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, recently claimed that Pogba is unhappy at United and is eager to leave the club next summer, when he will enter the final year of his contract.
According to The Times, Pogba shares that view and wants to see Raiola negotiate him a move away from United, and Juventus are at the top of his list of dream destinations.
Pogba spent four years in Turin between 2012 and 2016, and it was there that he really rose to prominence and convinced United to shell out a club-record fee of £89m to bring him back to Old Trafford.
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici fuelled the fire recently by admitting that the club ‘love Pogba very much’. However, ESPN state that United don’t believe Juventus have the money to sign Pogba at the minute, and the same can be said of fellow suitors Real Madrid and Barcelona.
United believe that the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak will likely see them receive players-plus-cash swap deals for Pogba, but they are not prepared to accept bids involving players who are not already on their target list.
It’s a technique which Juventus tried last summer. Fabrizio Romano told his Here We Go podcast that both Douglas Costa and Miralem Pjanic were offered to United in exchange for Pogba, but the Red Devils had no interest in doing business.
Having said all that, The Sun counter those claims by suggesting that United may lower their demands for Pogba to somewhere closer to the £50m mark – a sentiment which is disputed by numerous other sources.
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