Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici hints at making move for Pogba after Mino Raiola’s Man United bombshell, insisting ‘we love Paul, he’s an amazing player’… but knows a transfer would come at a premium
Fabio Paratici has hinted at trying to seal Paul Pogba a sensational return to Juventus, by insisting the Serie A giants ‘love’ the Frenchman but knows any deal would be very hard for financial reasons.
Pogba’s outspoken agent, Mino Raiola, dropped a huge bombshell on the eve of Manchester United‘s biggest match of the season against RB Leipzig by announcing that the midfielder’s time at Old Trafford is over.
Pogba has failed to live up to expectations since making his £89million return to United back in 2016, and has come in for plenty of criticism for his inconsistent performances in the heart of midfield.
Paul Pogba’s career at Manchester United is over, according to his agent Mino Raiola
Raiola dropped the bombshell on the eve of United’s crunch European clash with RB Leipzig
He has continuously been linked with a move to Real Madrid or a return to Juventus – and Raiola even talked up a move to Serie A by claiming ‘he can come back to Turin’.
And Juve’s sporting director has weighed in on the matter, insisting the Italian giants have massive admiration for the French World Cup winner but know a transfer would come at a hefty price.
Paratici told Sport Mediaset: ‘Pogba back to Juve? We love Paul, he’s an amazing player but he’s playing for Manchester United now.
‘He’ll not be a free agent, you’ve to pay if you want to sign Pogba.
‘We know so well the value of Paul Pogba. We also know his price, so we will see what happens.’
Fabio Paratici said Pogba is an ‘amazing player’ but knows a move would come at a premium
Although Pogba has scored twice in United’s last two games, it appears his time at Old Trafford is over four years after making his then world-record move from Juventus.
‘I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United,’ Raiola told Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
‘He has to change teams, he has to change the air. He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but I believe the best solution for the parties is to sell in the next market.
‘Otherwise, the club, with whom relations are excellent, knows well that they would risk losing him on a free transfer, given that for the moment it is not the player’s intention to extend the contract.’
The midfielder shone with Juventus, winning four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia’s
Raiola added: ‘It is pointless to go around it. Better to speak clearly, look ahead and not waste time looking for culprits. Paul at Manchester United is unhappy, he is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as is expected of him.
‘If someone doesn’t understand it, they understand very little about football. In any case, let them blame me if Paul leaves next summer.’
Pogba made a name for himself in Turin during his four years at Juventus between 2012 and 2016.
While playing for the Serie A giants, Pogba scored 34 goals and produced 40 assists in 178 appearances – winning four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia’s.