Manchester United and Chelsea will only have a chance to land Paul Pogba this summer if he explicitly makes clear to Juventus president Beppe Marotta that he wants to move clubs.
According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turin-based chief has no plans to offload his star man in order to raise cash, and isn’t even prepared to hold negotiations with other clubs unless Pogba indicates that he is seeking a departure.
Interest in Pogba high
This follows months of speculation concerning the France international’s future, with his rapidly rising reputation being bolstered by his incredible form. Under the tutelage of Massimiliano Allegri Pogba has continued to improve as a player, and he’s now widely considered one of the most exciting young talents in world football.
As a result a host of football’s super powers are set to do battle for his signature, with United and Chelsea amongst the those most frequently linked with him. Spanish giants Real Madrid, French champions Paris Saint-Germain and German juggernauts Bayern Munich are also in the picture, but all of them could yet end up beginning next season disappointed.
Despite the fact Pogba is carrying a £44 million price-tag, which could offer Allegri important funds for his own transfer ambitions, Juve are resolute in their stance that they won’t lose their man unless they have no other options, leaving the player in question with a difficult decision to make.
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With him having the advantage of being able to walk into virtually any side in Europe, Pogba’s options aren’t limited to the usual ‘do I stay or go’ scenario. Though his current club are steadily trying to increase their impressive choke-hold on Italian football so that it comes into effect in competitions like the Champions League, it’s fair to assume he’ll have a better chance to win the continent’s most valuable club prize elsewhere.
That could factor into his decision, as might the money. Juve can promise him the world and still the likes of Chelsea, United, Real and PSG could top them financially, and a ludicrous weekly wage coupled with the guarantee of being a linchpin in one of the most dominant sides around may be enough to sway his decision in favour of an exit.
It stands to reason that if Pogba’s ambition matches his ability then this year will be his last in a Juve shirt. Though they’ve proved irresistible domestically Allegri’s side don’t look like being a match for the greatest forces in Europe, and their main man might take a fancy to the opportunity to show he can strut his stuff just as effectively elsewhere.
There’s few places better for him to do that than the Premier League, with United’s snub towards him earlier on in his career the reason he moved to Juve in the first-place. A transfer to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea would surely give them the best midfield in football, but Louis van Gaal will want to block that if possible.
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