Manchester United have been told to forget about signing £60million target Paul Pogba this summer because he is happy at Juventus - the news will also be a blow for Chelsea.
Reports in recent weeks had suggested that officials at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge were keen to tempt the Serie A champions with a bid. Chelsea were reportedly ready to offer him a whopping £180,000-a-week to join the Blues.
Meanwhile, Manchester United were also keen on a reunion with the France international, who was once a part of the academy at Old Trafford. A falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson eventually convinced him to refuse a new contract and move to Juventus.
Interest is expected
Interest from both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal is hardly surprising, as Pogba has flourished under Antonio Conte at the Bianconeri and is now considered one of the best young players in the world. Letting the former Le Havre go is considered by many to be Ferguson’s biggest mistake as Manchester United manager.
The Premier League duo now look as though they will have to wait if they want to get their hands on Pogba, as his agent has claimed a move is out of the question. Mino Raiola insisted there was no prospect of the 21-year-old making a switch this summer.
Not happening this summer
"We have decided not to speak of the transfer market with regards to Paul until after the World Cup," he told Italian TV station Rai Sport.
"But I can calmly say that his future will still be at Juventus, where he feels very happy."
The potential bids for Pogba from Manchester United and Chelsea were reportedly in the region of £60million, which would usually be an absurd fee for such a young player.
He may be worth it
However, the France international has been sensational over the past two seasons that such a fee may be justifiable. Pogba is almost flawless technically, he is quick, he is tall, strong and has a penchant for scoring absolutely brilliant goals from long range.
With new Financial Fair Play regulations now in force, transfer spending has to be more tightly controlled at the Premier League giants, but Pogba provides a route around this.
His time as a Manchester United youth player between 2009-10 means he would be considered a ‘home-grown’ player and the money spent signing would not be under the same conditions were he to have developed outside England.