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Manchester United Star Being Chased By Juventus: Should Mourinho Agree To Sell Him?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Latest reports claim that Juventus might be in the talks of re-signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United, this summer. The Frenchman’s departure from Old Trafford has been speculated upon heavily following an unsettled season under Jose Mourinho.

The main concern with the Serie A giants is the price Pogba might go for in the current market, as revealed by the general manager, Giuseppe Marotta. The central midfielder moved to England on a record-breaking £93.25m transfer fee on 8 August 2016. Right now that fee might very well cross the 100 million mark bowing to the length of the contract Pogba already has in place with the Red Devils.

The Frenchman fell into the rough patch over the course of the season. Earlier in the year, after facing an injury crisis he even lost his spot to Scott McTominay for a couple of matches.

Juventus are not shy of spending astronomical amounts, as witnessed from the £75.3m they shelled out for Gonzalo Higuain last summer, but that amount was simply a reinvestment of the Pogba fee they received from United. Their expenditure pedigree is nowhere close to teams like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and majority of the English teams.

On the top of that, they might have the assets in place to raise that amount for the 25-year-old. Alex Sandro might cost a significant amount if he makes his way out of Turin next summer, but an appropriate replacement will have to be lined up. Pogba will be an addition to the stacked midfield they already have in place with the new arrivals of Blaise Matuidi and Rodrigo Bentancur.

Miralem Pjanic is an uncontested starter along with Sami Khedira in majority of the games in a regular season. The injury concerns of the latter might have drawn Massimiliano Allegri and his men to look for replacements.

Now only time will tell whether Pogba’s exit will be sanctioned by Jose Mourinho, who himself is planning to make massive reinforcements in the summer window. He is severely short stacked in the trophy department compared as compared to his next-door rival manager, Pep Guardiola and will be looking for ways to topple the other.

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He will be moving for defensive options to answer the inadequacies of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Maybe Pogba’s departure will give him the leverage to sign Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.

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