Paul Pogba may have dropped a hint to both Manchester United and Chelsea with regards to a future transfer, as he has confirmed he is not currently in the process of discussing a new deal with Juventus
The Daily Express are running with quotes from an interview with the France international where he refuses to be drawn on his future at the Serie A champions. Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with possible moves for Pogba this summer and his comments may have given them encouragement with regards to a deal after this summer.
Pogba insists he is only trying to concentrate on his performances on the pitch for next season and this appears to rule out any chance of a transfer this summer. However, he insisted he is not currently in talks over a new deal and was not even thinking about it.
The Premier League giants can be enthused by such a position as the financial gap between them and undoubtedly the top leading club in Serie A is so great that they would be unable to match anything like the wages on offer at either Manchester United or Chelsea.
Happy for now
"I am very happy to play for Juve, I am just focused on work at this moment. The future does not concern me, I live in the present,” said Pogba.
"I am not thinking of the contract and do not have meetings scheduled with Agnelli or Marotta. My goal is to continue to do well in the field."
Big money transfer
If either of Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho are planning on making a move for the 21-year-old it is likely they will be made to pay a hefty transfer fee to secure his services – with both clubs after him, a bidding war could ensue.
Prices in the range of £60million have been mooted for a player who has often been described as Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest mistake during his time at Old Trafford. This is because Pogba was a Manchester United player from 2009 to 2012 but joined Juventus for a nominal fee when his contract expired.
Failure to agree a new deal was put down to a number of things, depending on which side the episode was being reported; Pogba has since insisted it was a lack of opportunity and “respect” under Ferguson, while at the time the Scot talked about wage demands being the problem.
Whatever the reason, it did not take long for Pogba to show that letting him leave was a mistake, as he has grown into one of Serie A’s leading midfielders and is widely considered to be among the most promising youngsters in world football at the moment.