Juventus are desperately trying to increase Paul Pogba's transfer release clause in an attempt to get maximum value from a potential summer deal, reports The Express.
The midfielder has been in sensational form for the Old Lady since joining in 2012 from Manchester United. The 21-year-old went straight into the first team set-up and is now considered as one of the best young players in the world.
Now Manchester United want him back and are ready to pay big to make the deal happen. A valuation of £77 million currently lies on Pogba's head with the same report suggesting a clause in his contract would force Juventus to sell at that price.
Chelsea, Real Madrid and Arsenal have also been accredited with an interest with the two former clubs capable of matching any offer from the Red Devils. However, with interest in Pogba growing fiercely, Juventus are hoping to maximise their profit by increasing Pogba's release clause even higher.
They have offered Pogba a revised contract despite the fact he only signed fresh terms in in October, agreeing a five-year deal worth £70,000-a-week. That deal was believed to hold the new release clause, which Juventus chiefs now deem inferior to Pogba's true value.
Manchester United were rumoured to be preparing a stunning summer swoop and were boosted after the France international declared his love for the Old Trafford outfit. Louis van Gaal will have an almost bottomless pit of money to spend this summer and Pogba would be the marquee signing to send fans into pandemonium.
“I'm impatient,” Pogba told FourFourTwo magazine about leaving United. 'It was the feeling I had. The coach (Sir Alex Ferguson) had faith in me but didn't put me on.
“He said that I was too young. He said "your time will come" but it never did. It didn't come. But it does not mean I will speak ill of Manchester United. I love the club.”
But should Pogba agree the this latest offer from Turin, Manchester United could be forced to pay even more than the £77 million price tag. It could even take the price of a potential transfer over the £86 million world-record set by Real Madrid when they bought Gareth Bale.