Juventus hope to fight off Paul Pogba interest with new contract

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Juventus are hoping to ward off interest in star midfielder Paul Pogba by handing him an improved contract until 2019 according to reports in Italy.

The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the best young players in Europe during his time at Juventus, having left to join the Italian club from Manchester United in 2012 on a free transfer.

Key role

He's helped Juventus to back-to-back league titles since moving to Turin, was handed the Golden Boy award for most promising youngster in Europe and played a key role for France in their World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer.

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His form has prompted speculation that he could be on the move to the Premier League, with Manchester United keen on taking him back to Old Trafford. Chelsea are also said to be monitoring his situation, and the midfielder caused something of a stir when he turned up in west London near Stamford Bridge soon after France's World Cup campaign had ended.

Chelsea and Manchester United interest

Juventus were said to be willing to entertain offers in the region of £60 million, but now according to Tuttosport they have moved to tie the talented youngster down to a new contract that will run until 2009. 

His current contract expires in 2016, and if he doesn't pen a new contract this year, Juventus will be under pressure to either sell up or he could leave for nothing the following year. Getting him to sign a new deal would end the uncertainty surrounding his future and ward off both Chelsea and Manchester United.


Pogba's agent recently admitted that 'anything is possible" this summer in the transfer market which would have put his suitors on alert. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of the dynamic midfielder and named him his best young player of the World Cup recently.


Manchester United were always likely to face a struggle to persuade Pogba to return to Old Trafford after his acrimonious exit - instead they are targeting his team-mate Arturo Vidal to add some steel to their midfield.

Along with a midfielder, new boss Louis van Gaal is looking to bolster his defence and is targeting Thomas Vermaelen, while Edinson Cavani has been suggested as a forward target. 

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