Fabrizio Romano: Juventus near Paul Pogba transfer as final details set to be discussed
According to the reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Juventus are getting close to finalising a transfer for Paul Pogba as the final details of the deal are set to be discussed shortly. He seems to be near a return to Allianz Stadium after leaving for Manchester back in 2016.
Manchester United have already confirmed that Paul Pogba will be leaving them for free when his contract expires at the end of this month. And now, it appears that Juve are the ones who are leading the race for his signature as they are growing confident about reaching an agreement.
The final details of the deal are set to be discussed with the Frenchman’s agents to complete a move to Turin. Romano has also expressed that Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are out of contention as their focus lies elsewhere at this moment.
Life after Pogba
It will be interesting to see the route Man United will go down following the experience they had with the 29-year-old. After all, they incurred £218.93million in total throughout the six-year tenure Pogba has been with them, which failed to get the returns they had hoped for when he was initially signed.
Perhaps, it would be best to replace the Premier League ace with someone who is willing to fight for the Red Devils by giving everything on the pitch when called upon. That means targeting players who are not superstars right now but are on the way to becoming one in the future.
Such options would also bring in fresh blood and much-needed drive to achieve success moving forward. Pogba, who will earn an €8million net salary at Massimiliano Allegri’s side, can be considered a failed signing as he could not meet the expectations consistently enough to say otherwise.
Despite that, there is no doubt that we would miss Pogba’s services, especially when we lack options in the midfield to replace him right now. James Garner may be a shout from the academy after impressing quite well with Nottingham Forest and their impressive run PL promotion.
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That being said, Garner still needs to adapt to the challenges of regularly playing in the English top-flight, which means that we should search the market for alternatives ahead of the next season. Let’s hope that the board will not repeat the mistakes they made in the past and solve these issues this summer so that Erik ten Hag can get things done moving forward.