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Juventus are reportedly preparing to put big money on the table to lure in Paul Pogba from Manchester United. The Frenchman is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract at Old Trafford, leaving them at risk of losing him for free in 2022.
Pogba has been heavily linked with both Juventus and Real Madrid, with his agent Mino Raiola said to be angling for a move to either side next summer.
However, the World Cup winner, who has started this campaign in scintillating form, notching seven assists in the Premier League already, is said to be open to staying at United because he believes they can now compete for silverware following the summer arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
The Red Devils are yet to make any headway in talks with Pogba, while the player will be free to dicuss a move to foreign clubs in January.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve are desperate to bring him back to Italy and are ready to put £10million-per-year in wages on the table to set up a reunion with their former midfield general.
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Juventus, who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and spent next to nothing in transfer fees this summer, would be willing to pay Pogba £200,000-per-week to make him one of their best paid players, but even those eye-watering figures would represent a significant pay cut from his United salary.
Pogba is said to earn around £290,000 a week at Old Trafford and given Juve’s financial position, it is unlikely that they would be able to offer him something similar.
Juve had to shift huge earner Ronaldo this summer in a bid to ease their struggles and would have to sell again in order to make room for Pogba, with Aaron Ramsey one of several players set for the chop.
As things stand, Pogba would be free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with the Italian giants in January.
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Real Madrid will likely also want to open up negotiations with him, but United are said to still be hopeful of striking a deal before January.
Pogba, who United splashed out £89m on only five years ago, has become a hugely important player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has demonstrated that this season with a number of impressive performances.
However, the midfielder is refusing to fully commit himself to the club just yet and dropped his latest transfer tease after France dramatically beat Belgium on Thursday evening.
He said: “I like Turin! I always speak with former Juve team-mates like Dybala.
“I’m in Manchester now, I’m under contract until June then let’s see. I want to complete this season to the best level – then we will see.”
Despite Pogba flirting with a move to Juve, reports this week claimed he has ‘privately told friends he will be staying at United’.
When quizzed on Pogba’s future last month, Solskjaer confessed that improvement on the field would boost United’s chances of keeping one of their most-prized assets.
“Yeah, well, it’s up to us now to get results and to prove to ourselves that we can win trophies,” Solskjaer said as he refused to talk about Pogba’s situation in further detail. I think everyone who signs for Manchester United wants to win trophies, wants to be a part of winning Manchester United.
“That’s the most magical feeling in the world to be part of a winning Man United team. I think everyone’s just focusing on doing their best and let’s see where we go.”
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