Juventus must do everything in their power to prevent France midfielder Paul Pogba leaving the Italian giants for either Manchester United or Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old has become a key figure and lynchpin for the Serie A champions ever since his move from United in 2012, and stands alone as one of the most exciting and promising talents in world football.
In a midfield consisting of the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio, the youngster played a key role in the Old Lady’s run to a third consecutive Scudetto title, form that has not gone unnoticed in Manchester and Madrid.
David Moyes had been keen to bring Pogba back to the club he left so bitterly prior to his sacking, but with Louis Van Gaal now at the helm it remains to be seen if the Dutchman shares his predecessors views and pursue him.
Sami Khedira could make his final appearance for Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid team on Saturday when Los Blancos meet Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final, with Fiorentina keen on his signature.
Pogba is Ancelotti’s choice to replace the German international, and is said not to be put off by the asking price of above £40million.
The Frenchman could be one of the stars of the World Cup when that commences in Brazil next month, and play a key role in the attempt to sustain the success that the Turin giants have enjoyed over the last three years.
The club’s mission to keep Pogba will undoubtedly be boosted by the news that manager Antonio Conte is set to stay on after being linked with the vacant managerial position at Monaco. Claudio Ranieri was sacked by the Ligue 1 runners-up on Tuesday.
Leaving now would also hamper the club’s quest to land a first Champions League title since 1986. They failed to proceed from a group consisting of Madrid and Galatasary in this year’s competition, and missed out on the honour of appearing in a final in their own stadium when Benfica beat them in the Europa League.
Conte and his side will know selling such an asset would weaken them considerably. In a summer where both Milanese clubs, Roma and Napoli are expected to spend big, the need to keep their star players and add to the squad remains greater than ever.
The Juventus Stadium has become a fortress, a place to be feared by teams from all over the globe. In getting rid of such a talent, it would risk upsetting the taste of glory the fans have enjoyed so much.
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