Juventus are reportedly plotting to beat Real Madrid to Paul Pogba by preparing a €134m offer to re-sign their old star from Manchester United.
Following a mixed three-year second spell at United, Pogba expressed a desire to leave last month in Japan for a “new challenge” elsewhere.
Naturally, the World Cup winner’s apparent availability this summer has stirred interest in numerous European clubs. At the top of the queue is Real Madrid, whose manager Zinedine Zidane wants his fellow Frenchman with him in Spain.
The 47-year-old is in the middle of a massive squad overhaul process at Real. He’s already spent a club-record €303m on five new players in Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy.
But Zidane is yet to sign a new central midfielder and, apparently, views Pogba as the man for the job. However, it looks like Real will have a battle on their hands as Juventus made it clear they still “love” their former star.
And now it seems they are plotting an upset by beating Real to Pogba’s signature based on a report from The Times.
The English paper claims that the Bianconeri are preparing a €134m offer to tempt United into a sale.
While the Red Devils are reluctant to sell Pogba, they may find it hard to turn down Juventus’ offer. In fact, considering they signed the midfielder for €105m in 2016, they would make a profit of €29m.
Besides, it remains debatable how much longer United can keep Pogba given that he’s pushing hard for a summer exit. The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed this to be true in an interview with the same paper last week.
So the big question now is whether Real are prepared to match Juventus’ alleged offer. Based on the fact they’re currently attempting to sell players and have already spent €303m, it suggests they cannot.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, however, United have included Pogba for their trip to Perth, Australia. Awaiting are Perth Glory for a pre-season friendly next Saturday, with Leeds United coming up on July 17.
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