Juventus manager Massimo Allegri has moved to all but rule out the sale of Juventus star Paul Pogba, after claims were made by the player’s agent suggesting that he was preparing to move away.
As relayed by FourFourTwo, the Italian coach told RAI Sport that there was no question regarding whether or not the Serie A champions had the money to retain the services of arguably their best player, after cash was cited by Mino Raiola - Pogba’s agent - as a reason for a looming departure from Turin.
Allegri vehemently denied that the France international was set for an exit anytime soon, and said that although the interest from Europe’s biggest clubs was to be expected, Juve wouldn’t be ready to negotiate.
"Juventus can afford Pogba because he already plays for Juventus," Allegri told reporters.
"It's only normal that all of Europe wants him, as he's only 21 years old and immensely talented."
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"It's only normal that all of Europe wants him, as he's only 21 years old and immensely talented"
The dismissive comments won’t bode well for Manchester United, Chelsea or Real Madrid, all of whom were said to be preparing bids for the young midfielder. It’s been mooted that it would take around £77 million to prise Pogba away from the Juventus Stadium, but rumour has it that the aforementioned trio of clubs were ready to meet that figure in order to get their hands on a player who has been frequently compared to Patrick Vieira in the past.
The 21-year-old has established himself as a leading figure in a side that also contains the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio since his move from Old Trafford in 2012. He was named Golden Boy in 2013 thanks to his incredible development, and hasn’t stopped climbing the ladder.
However, with Juve seemingly unable to replicate the success they’ve achieved domestically in the Champions League it remains to be seen how long his ambition will allow him to be restricted in Italy.
Clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea would certainly be able to promise more credible challenges on Europe’s biggest prize, along with a considerable pay rise.
In the latter respect Paris Saint-Germain also hold an advantage, with the Ligue 1 champions said to be interested in luring Pogba to the Parc des Princes. Despite being somewhat confined financially due to their Financial Fair Play infractions they could afford a blockbuster deal if they offload one of their current stars, and so Allegri may have a bigger problem on his hands than he realises.