Juventus chief rules out Manchester United & Arsenal target sale

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Manchester United and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Paul Pogba, after Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta said the midfielder will not leave Italy this month, reports the Daily Mirror.

The France international has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent weeks, but Marotta has put a stop to the rumours, after reiterating the Turin club's intention to retain the player's services.

Pogba - who left Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2012 - is now regarded as one of the most promising young players in Europe, having established himself at the heart of Antonio Conte's team.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing his fellow Frenchman to the Emirates Stadium, despite Arsenal's current wealth of midfield options in north London.

David Moyes is also believed to be keen to negotiate a transfer for the 20-year-old, a deal that would see Pogba rejoin Manchester United, less than two years after his departure.

However, if Marotta's latest comments are to be believed, neither Manchester United nor Arsenal will be successful in the January window, with the in-demand star set to stay at Juventus.

"Juventus in its history has always bought many and sold few, when talking about champions," he said.

"From our point of view, we do not want to sell Pogba and so far we have closed the door to any possible buyer.

"Our aim is to consolidate the group. We do not want to sell him, but certain assessments must be made later."

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