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Manchester United bosses have said that star midfielder Paul Pogba will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford for less than £130 million (€150 million) amid continuing interest from Real Madrid, according to reports.
Spanish newspaper Marca report Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola being told this, with United wanting to keep hold of the French international.
Madrid have been linked with Pogba, 26, for some time, and this speculation has increased since his countryman Zinedine Zidane came back to the Bernabeau as manager. Zidane is known to be a fan of Pogba and he would fit as a marquee signing as it is expected that there will be major changes to the Madrid squad over the summer.
However, United want to keep hold of Pogba. While his relationship had seemingly broken down with previous manager Jose Mourinho, he has hit top form under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is thought to be happy in Manchester. That said, he is thought to like the idea of playing for Zidane.
In addition, whether or not United qualify for next year’s Champions League could have a bearing on Pogba’s thinking – the club are locked in a 4-way battle with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for the final two spots.
Madrid however are believed to be planning other targets if it is decided that £130 million is too much for the player, or if United reject all offers for him.
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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.