Juventus will not attempt to resign French World Cup winner Paul Pogba, despite their former midfield star becoming increasingly dissatisfied with life at Manchester United.
Pogba returning to The Old Lady would be quite a turn of events following his then world record £89 million transfer to United in 2016, having previously arrived in Turin from Old Trafford back in 2012 after being a product of Manchester United’s academy.
The Frenchman would go on to score thirty-four times in 178 appearances for Juve, as a highly influential cog in a side that won four consecutive Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia, two Supercoppa Italianas and reached the final of the 2015 Champions League.
The 25-year-old midfielder has had a very public falling out with United manager José Mourinho since the beginning of this season amid reports that the player is influencing younger members of the dressing room, turning them against Mourinho as the Portuguese’s side struggle, currently lying eighth in the Premier League and seven points behind the leaders.
Pogba has been one of United’s few shining lights on the pitch however, scoring twice in the league and twice in Europe as the Red Devil’s have made a better start to their Champions League group at least.
In addition to his tumultuous relationship with Mourinho, Pogba has refused to rule out leaving the club when questioned on the matter, which has naturally fuelled speculation of a move. But Juve’s sporting director Fabio Paratici has poured water on any suggestion that Pogba will be returning to the Allianz Stadium any time soon.
“We love Paul Pogba, we’ve a fantastic relationship with him but we’ve never thought about his return at Juventus and we’re not going to think about it,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia.
The comments do not necessarily mean that the move will never happen, but if Pogba is as desperate as he looks to leave Old Trafford then Juventus would have to make the right noises about securing his transfer pretty soon. It is understood however that the player’s preferred move would be to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Pogba is currently priced at 1-8 with bookmaker Bet365 to stay on at Manchester United, whilst online betting offers are available at 9-2 on the Frenchman joining Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Bookmaker Ladbrokes if offering odds on whether or not he’ll start for Manchester United this Saturday when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Punters can get 4-6 on him being in the starting XI which pretty good value given his performance against Newcastle.
No odds are currently being offered on Pogba returning to Juventus, though stranger things have happened, particularly in football.