Juventus star Paul Pogba has been linked with Barcelona, Manchester City, Real Madrid and PSG this summer - and he could go to court to force a move to one of those clubs, reports the Mirror.
Earlier this month, rumours were going around that he was going to join FC Barcelona in the summer of 2016 before later on there were rumours of Manchester City making a bid for the French midfielder.
In the end, it turned out all of this was not true and Pogba has participated in the friendly against Borussia Dortmund and he is still a Juventus player. However, there has been some issues with his potential transfer and the French star wants to go to court to be able to get a move away from Turin.
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Why does Pogba want to take the situation to court?
According to reports in French magazine France Football, there are issues with Pogba's image rights. Indeed, an old friend of Pogba's called Oualidia Tanazefti is currently the holder of the Frenchman's rights and he manages them through a company based in Luxembourg.
In order for any club to buy the rights from Oualidia Tanazefti, that club will have to pay a fee of around €15 million in addition to whatever transfer fee is involved.
This whole situation of course angers Pogba who can't get a move away from Juventus simply because of those added €15 million. That fee would have to be added on to the €80 million that Juventus want for their star midfielder and any bonuses.
That could well take the transfer to around €100 million and with Pogba's salary demands being as high as €12 million a year, the transfer is getting a little expensive.
The Juventus midfielder wants to take legal action against Tanazefti to get his image rights and prevent interested clubs from paying an added €15 million to the transfer.
Where is this going?
Obviously, it's highly expected that Pogba wins in court as he can get himself very good lawyers and he obviously has the support of his club as well. The question is how long is this going to take and is Oualidia Tanazefti going to give up easily?
If the situation took longer than a month, then Pogba can kiss a departure goodbye during this transfer window and will have to either wait until next season or wait until the January transfer window. I believe Pogba and his club will be able to resolve this situation quite fast and Pogba could get the move he wants if the court part of this situation is sorted out quickly.
After this is over, will any clubs want to buy him?
There's no doubt that Pogba is in demand and has been even despite this image rights issue. Once he manages to sort that out, there were definitely be bids coming in from Manchester City or Barcelona, as they seem to be the favourites to sign the Frenchman. However, I feel like Juventus' €80 million asking price could scare off even clubs as big as the ones interested in Pogba.
It's important to note that in a recent interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Pogba announced that "he didn't pay attention to the rumours in the transfer window and he only focused on what happened on the field, which is the most important thing to him".
A way for the Frenchman to end any rumours sending him away from Juventus or an attempt to hide his desire of a move to another club? Only time will tell.
Juventus fans, what do you think about the image rights situation? Should Juventus do something about it or should they let Pogba deal with it himself? After all, they could get an additional €15 million from the transfer. Let us know in the comments below.
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