Italian Serie A giants Juventus have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba on a free transfer this summer.
Although the deal is yet to be finalized, Pogba will sign a four-year contract or three years with an option to increase it by a year. The Frenchman is expected to complete the deal next month.
Recall that the English Premier League giants Manchester United already announced that Paul Pogba will leave the club this summer after his contract expired.
His transfer to Juventus means that the French midfielder would be returning to the same club he spent four years before signing with Manchester United in 2016.
Pogba joined Manchester United after establishing himself as a world-class player at Juventus. The Frenchman is aware that this could be his final major professional move as he nears his 30s and wants to take his time to make the best decision possible.
Earlier, Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola met with Pogba and the club drafted a lucrative contract to show their interest in signing the midfielder from their bitter rivals. The World Cup winner did consider City’s offer but decided it would not be worth the controversy and criticism that would follow.
Despite getting two contract extension offers for more than £290,000 a week at Old Trafford, Pogba has claimed that United gave him “nothing.” The Frenchman was reportedly offered a 3.5% increase in his former contract but turned it down.
Currently, Paul Pogba is busy promoting his documentary titled ‘The Pogmentary’, in which some secrets about his relationship with Manchester United were revealed.
In a clip from the documentary, Pogba was seen discussing with his late agent Mino Raiola. “Did Manchester (United) make a second offer?” The France international asks Raiola. “Yes,” Raiola responded. “They absolutely want you to stay. For me, the offer doesn’t reflect that. I told them, ‘If you want him to stay, don’t make that offer’.
“I will make them understand that if they really want you to stay and they want to build a project around you, this time they have to act differently and put the money on the table. They’re bluffing,” Pogba says. “How can you tell a player you absolutely want him and offer him nothing? Never seen that.”
Before now, the Frenchman has been heavily criticized by some Manchester United supporters because they believe that the midfielder asked for too much in terms of wages despite his inconsistent form. Hence, his departure from United was a welcomed development.
His departure means that Erik ten Hag will have to intensify his search for another midfielder ahead of next season. Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong is among his targets this summer but no bids have been accepted by the Spanish giants yet.