Juventus have reportedly decided to end their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
According to a report from Transfer Market Web, Juventus will not be pursuing the signing of Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba in the summer next year due to the wages that he will command.
Pogba is in the final year of his contract with Manchester United and has offered little indication that he will be signing an extension with the 20-time English champions. As a result, there has been plenty of interest in his services from several top clubs across Europe, with Juventus also among the Frenchman’s suitors.
The Bianconeri know Pogba very well as it was at the Turin outfit that the midfielder blossomed into the superstar that he is today. The 28-year-old had joined Juventus back in the summer of 2012, on a free transfer after his contract with Manchester United had run down.
Pogba spent four years in Turin and become a mainstay in the middle of the park, alongside the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, winning a host of titles and trophies. This prompted Manchester United to re-sign Pogba from Juventus in the summer of 2016, in a club-record deal worth £89 million.
While he enjoyed a fine season upon returning to Old Trafford, Pogba’s career with the Red Devils since then has been a bit up and down, marred by inconsistencies. Capable of absolute magic when on song, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner can also drop shocking displays like his short-lived cameo against Liverpool this past weekend.
Despite his inconsistent run, Manchester United remain intent on extending his contract. However, the French superstar, as iterated earlier, has not been forthcoming on the topic of his future, leading to major speculations. And, while Juventus are interested in signing the 28-year-old, any move is unlikely to take place in the summer.
This is because the Italian giants are going through a difficult phase financially and would find it hard to accommodate Pogba’s wages. The Frenchman currently makes a massive salary worth more than €10 million-a-year at Manchester United, something that would be well out of Juventus’ reach as things stand.
Reports in France, as carried by TMW, indicate that a move to Paris Saint-Germain could thus be on the cards for the 28-year-old. But, as things stand, Juventus are set to drop out of the race for the Manchester United star.