Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has representative flying to Turin to open talks with Juventus over a return
According to The Telegraph (Subscription Required), Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has had his representative fly to Turin to meet with Juventus officials regarding a potential return to the club in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The player is out of contract with United at the end of the season, which will see him become a free agent in the summer. Thus far, he has shown no indication that he is keen to sign a new deal with the club to keep him in Manchester for a few more years.
With the Frenchman into the final few weeks of his current deal with the Red Devils, he is free to speak to foreign clubs regarding a potential move and sign a pre-contract agreement. Juventus seem to be taking full advantage of this situation, hoping to sign the star once again for free.
The World Cup winner played for the Serie A giants for four years between 2012 and 2016, joining from United on a Bosman transfer. He enjoyed a trophy-laden career in Italy, winning four consecutive Scudetto titles and also reaching the final of the Champions League in 2015.
Reunited with Juventus
Pogba’s representative Rafaela Pimenta has flown out to Turin for talks with Juve, after receiving an invitation from the club to open negotiations regarding a possible free transfer. The Brazilian lawyer has taken over the agency run by the late Mino Raiola, who was Pogba’s agent before him.
The France international has also received interest from clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain. Raiola’s business partner is expected to talk to Real and PSG, while a move to City looks unlikely given that the player may look for a move abroad.
It seems like a case of deja vu for United fans, who are close to witnessing yet another free transfer for Pogba to move to Juventus. Having come through the ranks at the academy, the midfielder was expected to become the next big thing at Old Trafford but instead moved to Juve for free.
The Bianconeri took full advantage of the move, turning the then-teenager into a household name in Serie A. Alongside Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio, Pogba developed into a potential superstar in Italy and Europe, prompting the Red Devils to come back for him in 2016.
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There may be a chance that the Frenchman stays in Manchester, as he may well speak to the club’s incoming new manager Erik ten Hag before deciding his future. It remains to be seen if the new boss is keen to keep Pogba.
We could potentially have seen the last of the 29-year-old against Liverpool last month when he walked off injured early on in the match and has not returned since. Only time will tell if ten Hag’s conversation with him sees him stay on for a few more years. By now, most United fans would have mentally prepared themselves for life beyond Pogba, but it always helps if the club retains a quality player.