Transfer News: Juventus have reached an agreement for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba
According to popular Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Serie A giants Juventus have reached an agreement to sign out-of-contract Manchester United superstar midfielder Paul Pogba on a free transfer this summer.
The 29-year-old midfielder started off this season on a fairly impressive note with seven assists in the first four matches but things have fallen off a cliff ever since. The French World cup winner has played 27 games overall this season scoring one goal and providing nine assists across all competitions.
A Manchester United academy graduate, Pogba has played yo-yo between the Red Devils and Juventus throughout his career. The talented Frenchman left United in 2012 on a free transfer and joined the Old Lady for free.
He went on to establish himself as one of the world’s best midfielders and then made the move to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee in 2016. History is set to repeat itself again with the midfielder set to join Juventus on a free yet again this summer.
That is, ignoring the inflation, a straight €100m loss in transfer fees for Manchester United. It is very hard to argue in favour of the Red Devils extracting that amount from Pogba’s services.
Appalling transfer business?
Losing a player for free, signing him for a huge amount four years later, and then losing him for free yet again six years later has to be one of the most shocking pieces of transfer businesses in history.
No one had questioned Paul Pogba’s talent or his abilities as a footballer but his attitude and commitment to the badge have come into question. Exhilarating at times and equally frustrating on other occasions, the Frenchman has been somewhat of an enigma.
It is not like Pogba has forgotten to be a footballer. The 29-year-old has been exceptional and almost always looks like a completely different player when he plays for the French national team, even leading them to a World cup in 2018.
His inconsistent performances meant that the French midfielder eventually lost the support of the Old Trafford faithful who have grown increasingly frustrated with his attitude towards the club and the lack of effort on his part.
A return to Juventus, a club where he became the world-class player Man United paid all the big money for, might just be the best solution for Pogba. If he can recapture the kind of form he showed during his first spell at Turin, the world will start talking about Pogba again.
At 29, Pogba still has many good top-flight years left in him. He is returning to a place where he is loved by almost everyone and if this can help the Frenchman become the player we all know he can be, this transfer will be worth it.
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Paul Pogba and Manchester United is a story that is best forgotten. We must move on from the Frenchman and wish the best for him in his future.