Paul Pogba subject of possible €80m Manchester United bid

Pogba in action for Juventus (©GettyImages)

Paul Pogba left Manchester United at the end of the 2011/12 season, under a cloud and without the club's blessing after running down his contract to join Juventus.

Now it is being reported in Italian publication La Stampa that the player could be on the verge of a return to Manchester.

Emotional return

At the time, Pogba had been limited to just three appearances for the first team at Old Trafford and has since made his feelings clear. The Juventus midfielder stated that he was "disgusted" with Sir Alex Ferguson's selection of right back Rafael da Silva in central midfield ahead of Pogba himself. 

Pogba told Canal+: "Paul Scholes had retired, Darren Fletcher was injured. There was no one left to play in midfield. And I was training and I was beginning to get better bit by bit and the coach never stopped telling me, 'You're this far'."And I didn't understand. This far away from what? Playing? From having some playing time? From getting on the field? Or what?

"And there was Rafael in midfield and I was disgusted. I was disgusted and I didn't get on either."

"And there was Rafael in midfield and I was disgusted. I was disgusted and I didn't get on either" - Pogba

Bid claims

However, he is now being lined up to return to Old Trafford, according to sources in Italy. La Stampa are reporting that talks have begun on 'the long goodbye' for one of the Bianconeri's key players.

This is in reference to a reported €80 million bid from Manchester United to take the French international to Old Trafford in the summer. The report suggests that this story comes from Pogba's agent Mino Raiola turning up at Juventus' offices to discuss the matter further.

La Stampa further suggest that Raiola has gone as far as to discuss a potential summer deal with United, who have said they're willing to pay €80m for Pogba in the summer, with wages of €9m-per-season mentioned.

Chances of a move

All of the above suggests that there could be a deal on the table and Juve may be willing to do business at the right price.

They would be making a huge profit on a player they signed on a free transfer in 2012. All signs point to summer 2015, with the future of a talented young footballer up in the air.

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