Manchester United could be given the chance to sign Paul Pogba next summer as the player continues to stall over a new contract with Juventus, according to Le 10 Sport.
Citing a report from L'Equipe, the French newspaper claims Juventus would be open to selling the midfielder if he does not agree to extend his contract by the end of next season. His current deal runs until 2016 and the club would rather cash in on him in 2015 than risk losing him for free.
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There have been a number of reports suggesting the 21-year-old has already agreed an extension with the Old Lady. According to the same report, Juventus have offered him a three-year extension and a big pay rise. However, a deal remains unagreed.
Old Trafford bound?
Interestingly, Manchester United were named as the club most likely to take advantage. Pogba has been linked with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Arsenal in the past with the La Liga giants looking the most likely destination. That is despite the fact Pogba revealed that he had signed himself whilst acting as Chelsea manager in the popular game Football Manager.
However, Pogba's history with Manchester United, where he came through the youth ranks before leaving on a free in 2012, seems to have set them apart from the rest. A return to Old Trafford would be hailed as a major coup by fans, who have watched him develop into a global star in Turin.
Despite his tender years, Pogba is already valued at around £60 million by his club. Another season of progression with Juventus would help to increase his reputation further, but the fact he will have just one year left on his contract by next summer means he could be available for less.
Louis van Gaal has showed a willingness to spend big to secure the signings he wants during his short tenure as Manchester United boss. He has already blown £60 million for Angel di Maria and around £20 million to loan Radamel Falcao for the season.
The ultimate addition
Pogba, however, would be one of the few names who could truly endear Van Gaal to Manchester United fans. It would be a major achievement to sign him, especially as the untouchable Sir Alex Ferguson failed in convincing him to stay in 2012.
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