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Juventus confirm Rabiot interest & still “love” Pogba

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Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed Juventus are pursuing a deal for Paris Saint-Germain outcast Adrien Rabiot and still “love” Paul Pogba.

With his contract to expire at the end of the month, Rabiot will leave PSG as a free agent and has naturally captured the interest of many suitors.

Earlier in the year, Barcelona seemed favourites to sign the highly-rated Frenchman and even confirmed it. However, Rabiot announced he is in talks over a summer move to Juventus and didn’t rule out Manchester United either.

The Red Devils will likely step up their own interest in the 24-year-old should they lose his fellow French midfielder Pogba to either Real Madrid or Juventus.

“They are two great players,” said Paratici, according to AS.

“Pogba is a Manchester United player. We love him, we made him grow up but he is a Manchester United player.

“We are making an attempt for Rabiot, as with all the players we have in mind. We discussed them with [Maurizio] Sarri and soon we will take a decision.”

The 46-year-old was speaking during Maurizio Sarri’s official unveiling as the new Juventus manager.

After a successful season at Chelsea, the former Napoli coach has returned Italy where he will hope to extend Juventus’ run of eight Serie A titles in a row.

“His style of play was not crucial in our reason to change our coach,” said Paratici on Sarri.

“We have chosen Maurizio because we believe he’s the best coach for Juve in this moment – as, five years ago, was [Massimiliano] Allegri and, eight years ago, was [Antonio] Conte,” he added.

“These are different types of coaches with different characteristics – they could even be opposites, working with very different styles.

“He has demonstrated his great skills in Italy and the Premier League and at European level as well. We believe he’s the best option for Juve.”

Sarri’s first competitive match in charge of Juventus will come against Atletico Madrid on July 21 in the International Champions Cup in Singapore.