Juventus’ unlikely reunion with Paul Pogba in January is off the cards as Manchester United ruled out any negotiations for the Frenchman’s signature this winter.
Unreliable reports have surfaced in the Italian media of the Bianconeri plotting a move for Pogba in the January transfer window. Before joining United in 2016, the enigmatic French midfielder spent four wonderful years in Turin where he established himself as one of the world’s best.
While his spell in Manchester has been indifferent considering the mammoth fee the Red Devils paid the Bianconeri to bring him back to Old Trafford, there’s no doubting that Juventini would welcome back the World Cup winner with open arms.
Juventus are hoping to refresh their midfield this winter with Aaron Ramsey and Arthur Melo likely departing. However, club CEO Maurizio Arrivabene ruled out any statement arrivals in the upcoming window.
Manchester United will not sell apparent Juventus target Paul Pogba in January
Pogba’s current deal at Man United expires in the summer and the Frenchman is yet to agree to the extension offered to him by the Red Devils. The 28-year-old has been out of action since the end of October with a hamstring injury.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, United will not negotiate with any club over Pogba’s sale in January despite the player’s hesitance over signing a new deal. The extension offered by United last July is still on the table, but the Frenchman is yet to decide his future.
Back in October, Pogba teased a potential return to Juventus after he’d helped France to the UEFA Nations League final in the Allianz Stadium.
A summer move for Pogba isn’t impossible
While a January move for Pogba has been all but ruled out, there’s a slim chance Juventus will pursue their former superstar midfielder in the summer if he refuses to extend with Manchester United.
In September, the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, said there was a “chance” of Pogba returning to Turin in the summer. However, even if the 28-year-old was a free agent at the end of the season, the deal would be an incredibly difficult one for Juventus to pull off considering the player’s sky-high wages.
The Bianconeri are currently enduring a time of financial strife, and a move for Pogba in the simmer would completely contradict Arrivabene’s recent “stability” cry.