Mino Raiola, the high-profile agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, has confirmed that his star client will not stay in Turin for much longer - offering hope to the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and European champions Real Madrid.
The four aforementioned Premier League clubs are keen to sign Pogba, who would reportedly command a transfer fee in the region of £77 million, and have been put on red alert following Raiola's latest comments.
Pogba signed a new five-year deal with Juventus in October - keeping him tied to the club until 2019 - but his Italian agent says it will be up to the player when he leaves the reigning Serie A champions.
Raiola: Pogba will not stay at Juventus long
"He cannot stay for very much longer in Italy," Raiola told reporters. "It will depend on the Bianconeri. We extended his contract and we are happy that we did so.
"But when it is the right time to leave, we will inform them. I don’t know when that moment will be."
Marotta: Juventus don't need to sell Pogba
Raiola was speaking in response to Juventus claiming the club are under no obligation to sell the in-demand Pogba. The club's general director, Giuseppe Marotta, told Sky Italia: "We have an important player in Pogba and we don't have a need to sell him."
But these comments appear to have put Pogba's agent on the defensive - and things could subsequently back-fire on Marotta and Juventus.
Pogba left the Premier League in 2012
A host of top clubs are prepared to pay big money to bring Pogba back to the Premier League including Manchester United, who inexplicably allowed the world-class central midfielder to slip through their net in 2012.
While United coaches recognised Pogba's immense talent and potential, Sir Alex Ferguson refused to give the player the first-team opportunities - or the improved contract - he craved.
Pogba subsequently chose to leave Manchester United to sign a deal with Juventus, where he has established his status as the best young central midfielder on the planet.
In the past two-and-a-half years he has also won two Serie A titles, the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, the 2013 Golden Boy award and was voted the best young player at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil thanks to his talismanic performances.
Because of his immense ability, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal - plus Real Madrid - will push Manchester United all the way in the race to sign Pogba if the player and his agent decide the time has come to leave Juventus.
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