Paul Pogba is one of the most sought-after players in Europe but it would appear Paris Saint-Germain have stolen a march on their rivals in pursuit of the Frenchman’s signature.
According to France Football, the Juventus midfielder recently met with PSG directors in a Paris hotel.
Pogba was in the French capital last week but Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta brushed off any speculation that he was there for talks with the Ligue 1 champions.
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"We are not aware of any meeting between Paul and PSG," Marotta told Mediaset, per FourFourTwo.
“Paul was in Paris last week for an event with one of his sponsors.
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“He still has a contract with Juventus for several more years, so there is no temptation whatsoever from other clubs.”
All of Europe’s top clubs - including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and the two Manchester teams - have been linked with the 23-year-old, but it’s fair to assume he will command a transfer fee close to nine figures.
Pep Guardiola attraction
One club who could certainly afford that is Manchester City and, with Pep Guardiola incoming, rumours of Pogba returning to north-west England are rife.
The dynamic star played for City’s rivals United but only made three first-team appearances before Sir Alex Ferguson let him leave in 2012.
The Scot surely regrets that decision. He’ll come to regret it even more so if Pogba signs for the Citizens.
Yet the admiration the France international and Guardiola share for each other could be a deciding factor in Pogba’s next club.
In February, the Juve man admitted the current Bayern Munich boss could take his game to the next level. He was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "I am a Juventus player now, but for sure when there is a coach like him he will coach you and you will become better.
“Guardiola is a coach with a lot of experience,” Pogba continued. “He has a philosophy which is very important and he has a big impact on the team.
“People respect him. When you see him you want to play and progress. He is an icon of football and I've heard he manages to improve every player he has at his disposal.”
PSG are incredibly wealthy, too
PSG, backed by their Qatar owners, wouldn’t hesitant at offering a hefty cheque to Juventus in exchange for their star man.
And Pogba would be the ideal replacement status-wise should Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave.
The Swedish striker hasn’t yet committed his future to the Parisians - his contract expires in the summer - and a move from the Parc des Princes appears likely.
What better man to fill Ibrahimovic’s boots than France’s own prodigal son?
The signing of Pogba, who is hoping to guide his country to success in this summer’s European Championships in France, would make PSG forget all about the 34-year-old.