The last has not been heard of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba leaving Old Trafford to Allainz Satdium. Juventus are reportedly set to make a summer move for the Frenchman after reducing their wage bill in January.
Pogba left Juventus in 2016 and rejoined United for a whooping £86million. But his return to Manchester has been an inconsistent venture. He scored 13 goals last season and recorded nine assists, which is his best numbers in a single campaign for United.
The World Cup winner remains restless on leaving Old Trafford. Pogba was looking for a move during the January transfer window which did not happen. But now seems he might move away from the club over the summer.
Also, his agent Mino Raiola has accused United of frustrating his client’s move away from the club. Pogba has played a bit-part role at United this season due to troubles with injury but remains one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe.
However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are determined to bring Pogba back to Italy after reducing their wage bill and planning to overhaul their midfield options. The club loaned Emre Can to Borruia Dortmund and allowed Mario Mandzukic to move to Saudi Arabia to pave the way to allow a blockbuster move for Pogba.
Pogba hasn’t played a full 90 minutes of football since September when he injured his ankle against Arsenal.In the summer, he expressed his desire to seek a fresh challenge away from United, but he ultimately stayed with the club.
The midfielder recently underwent surgery on the ankle problem that has kept him out since the end of August last year. He has also shared images and videos of himself from around the world during the injury lay-off.
Pogba’s commitment to United has repeatedly been questioned from fans accusing him of not wanting to play for the club any longer, to his alleged intentional injury. Not to mention, the controversial “coupe decale” at his brothers wedding which caused quite a stir and of course his agent’s controversial statement.
Raiola insisted last week that Juventus fans should dream of re-signing the Frenchman. He has previously reiterated that United’s underwhelming progress since Pogba’s return to the club is a factor in discussions over the player’s future, which is set to be decided in the summer.
“Juve fans should dream, because if you do not dream, then you are dead,”he said.
“I do not work in dreams, but in the real world, so have to make the right choices for my clients. This is not the right moment to say what Paul’s future will be.”
Olugbenga Ige is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan. Gbenga is an experienced reporter, a new media enthusiast, and a fine-grained media influencer.