Paul Pogba is not in discussions over a new contract with Juventus, his agent has revealed.
Reports circulated on Monday morning suggesting that Pogba was on the verge of agreeing a lucrative extension with the Serie A champions. With his current deal expiring in 2016, it made sense for Turin officials to tie the 21-year-old down for the long-term.
No contract talks
However, his agent has confirmed that there have been no talks between the player and the club with regards to a new contract. He also claimed that there are no plans to hold talks in the near future.
However, speculation is bound to gather after the agent admitted that all doors are open for Pogba.
Mino Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I’ve not spoken yet with (sporting director Giuseppe) Marotta and I’ve no plans to meet him in the near future.
“Anything is possible for Paul.
“He could remain at Juve without renewing his contract as he is committed until 2016. It is also possible that he could decide to sign an extension before the start of the new Italian season.”
Premier League interest
The comments will be of particular interest to Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United. Both have long been linked with a move for Pogba, with Jose Mourinho seeming to hold a particular affinity towards the player.
Mourinho was thought to be readying a £60 million bid for Pogba before talks of a new contract emerged. However, any deal is likely to have to wait after Mourinho blew his transfer budget bringing Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Felipe Luis to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United return
Pogba seems destined to return to Old Trafford and play for Manchester United at some point in his career. The midfielder famously left Manchester United after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson and has since become one of the most talked about and best performing footballers on the planet.
Pogba is the one that got away for Manchester United fans and Louis van Gaal would make a lot of friends if he manages to bring Pogba back. Former Manchester United manager David Moyes admitted he considered a move for Pogba in his 11 month stint in charge, but eventually deemed it impossible.
Next transfer record breaker?
At only 21, Pogba is well on his way to becoming one of football's biggest stars. Not only does he have a brand building around his character, but his stunning goals and excellent performances place him as one of the most marketable footballers in the world.
Interest from Real Madrid is inevitable and Florentino Perez would love to break his own transfer record again should Pogba continue to develop at the same pace.