Italian champions Juventus are planning to make a bid to re-sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, according to reports in Italy.
Pogba made his name in his first spell at Juventus from 2012-16, before leaving Turin to return to Manchester United in a then-world record £89 million deal. However, his second spell in Manchester has been patchy, with the French World Cup winner struggling to recreate his best form amid public fall-outs with ex-manager Jose Mourinho.
However, since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager at Old Trafford, Pogba has been a rejuvenated character and seems to be enjoying his football once again.
This apparently hasn’t put off Juventus’ bosses. There have been persistent rumours over the past year or so that Juventus wanted Pogba back – and that he wanted to go – but no concrete bids have ever emerged.
Juve boss Max Allegri seemed to pour cold water on rumours recently when he said that it would be “difficult” to see Pogba back in Turin. But things can change quickly in football.
If Juve were to bid, then United would want to at least recoup their £89 million investment and probably look for a fee in excess of £100 million for a player that, at 26, is in the peak years of his career.
Pogba’s future could be decided by who is manager of Manchester United after the end of this season. Solskjaer is an interim coach and has proved popular with players so far, but there are no guarantees that he will be made permanent at the end of the season. Other managers, notably Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, have been heavily linked with the role too.