Paul Pogba is a wanted man.
The French midfielder, 22, shone at the World Cup last summer and has been a regular for Juventus for the past three seasons after joining the Turin club on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012.
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Now, Juve claim they could sell Pogba for up to $85 million but want to keep their prized possession as they chase a fourth consecutive Serie A title this season. Pogba’s play has been a big part of that as the man they call “the octopus” has become one of the best two-way midfielders in the game and won the Young Player of the World Cup in Brazil.
Juventus’ general director Giuseppe Marotta told Italian radio station Radio Deejay that multiple clubs are circling to swoop for Pogba this summer.
“There are clubs that are ready to spend 70-80m euros for Pogba,” Marotta said. “There are many suitors for Pogba, but we do not want to open negotiations and we want him to stay with us. If we want to increase our level, we need players of great quality and Pogba is one of them.”
So, Juve are not willing to sell… but talk like this will certainly help to drive up the price of Pogba. Perhaps that is what they are trying to do as the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and even his old club Manchester United are said to be interested in acquiring the Frenchman’s services.
Contracted to Juve until 2019, Pogba’s agent has already claimed that his client will move on before then.
If he does, he could become the fourth most expensive player in history.