“Paul Pogba” seems to be waiting for an opportunity to return to Juventus next year and is therefore having a second thought over Manchester United renewal contract. The Frenchman, who moved from the Old Lady to United in 2016 for a then-world record deal of £89m, has constantly been linked with a return to the Serie A champions.
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With Andrea Pirlo, who Pogba played alongside in midfield during three of his four years in Turin, now the manager at Juventus, the 27-year-old is reportedly eyeing a reunion for 2021, according to Italian outlet Tuttosport.
“Paul Pogba” is stalling on a new Man United contract in order to sign for Juventus in 2021The French World Cup winner whose contract runs until next summer, though there is an option to extend that by a year to 2022. Any move is not expected to materialise this summer, with Pogba currently satisfied with the situation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after United qualified for the Champions League.
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Pogba in particular flourished post-lockdown, forming an impressive midfield partnership with January signing Bruno Fernandes. Pogba thrived alongside Bruno Fernandes in midfield for United in the period after lockdown. The United midfield was strengthened further this week when United completed the signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
Yet the situation and link between Pogba and Juve could resurface in January, with Pirlo said to be keen on bringing in the playmaker. The pair won three Serie A titles together and reached the final of the 2014-15 Champions League, losing out to Barcelona in Berlin. Former player Pirlo was Juventus’ surprise choice to succeed Maurizio Sarri as managerAfter originally coming through the United academy, Juve picked up Pogba on a free transfer in 2012, and it was in Turin where he first broke through on the European stage.
Pogba last week became the latest high-profile player to test positive for coronavirus, with the new season starting on September 12. That being said, due to their exertions in the Europa League last month, United’s first game is not until Saturday, 19 September, when they host Crystal Palace.