Paul Pogba has told Manchester United not to bother launching a bid to sign him this summer because he is not interested in returning to the club, reports the Daily Star.
The report, written by the chief sports writer Jeremy Cross, holds more weight than the usual transfer guff that makes it way onto the Daily Star website. Cross is usually a reliable source of information and even has quotes from a source to back up his claims.
Apparently, Pogba has landed on Manchester United's transfer list with Louis van Gaal looking to sign a world-class midfielder this summer. Kevin Strootman had been the first choice of Van Gaal, but a serious injury setback has the manager looking for alternatives.
A multi-million bid for Pogba looked more likely than ever, but Pogba has already told Manchester United that he will not be returning to Old Trafford, where he originally departed in 2012.
"He's aware of United's interest in him but he has no desire to go back there"
Originally left Manchester United after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson, Pogba has indicated that he has no desire to go back. That is inspite of the fact that he would be a key player for the first team.
A source close to Pogba told the same report: "He's aware of United's interest in him but he has no desire to go back there.
"He is happy at Juventus, but if he does decide to leave them he has bigger and better options than United. He won't be playing for them again."
It will come as some surprise to Ed Woodward that money can't buy them any player in the world. He has given Van Gaal £150 million to spend on transfers this summer, but it seems no amount of money will be able to bring Pogba back to Manchester.
Alternatively, Manchester United could make a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, who was yesterday tipped to make a move to the Premier League by Nani.
Pogba won't be short of offers this summer with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid all being linked with a move. Jose Mourinho is likely to put a strong case forward but the spending power and allure of the Bernabeu is likely to make them favourites.
Florentino Perez would be willing to break the bank to bring the biggest players to Real Madrid, but as little as £44million could be enough to persuade Juventus to cash in.
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