Juventus director says fewer clubs would pay for Pogba due to Covid-19

‘He’ll have fewer clubs prepared to pay’: Paul Pogba’s wage demands could price him out of Manchester United exit in a post coronavirus transfer market, claims Juventus chief Fabio Paratici

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Paul Pogba will struggle to find a team that will meet his wage demands in a post coronavirus transfer market, according to the director of Juventus.

When football resumes, it’s unlikely that teams will be able to spend the same fees on players that has been reached in recent years.

And Fabio Paratici says this could stop clubs spending big money on wages for players such as Paul Pogba who his Juventus team have been linked with in recent times.

Paul Pogba has been linked away from Manchester United after four years back at the club

Juventus director Fabio Paratici says fewer clubs will be able to meet Pogba’s wage demands

He told Sky Sports Italia: ‘Pogba is a great player, but logically the salary demands someone of his level would’ve had before is now more difficult to get hold of, or at least he’ll have fewer clubs prepared to pay that money.’

Manchester United re-signed the French World Cup winner in 2016 for a then world record fee of £89m from Juventus.

Then manager Jose Mourinho said at the time that Pogba could be ‘the heart of the club’ for the next decade – though four years on the midfielder has constantly been linked with moves away back to Juventus or Real Madrid.

Despite Paratici’s claims, Juventus are reportedly still interested in a deal for their former player.

It has been reported that Juventus would be willing to offer a swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic or Douglas Costa in exchange for Pogba.

With the current crisis in the world, Paratici reckons the transfer market could be more like the NBA, with more player trades rather than clubs exchanging money.

He said: ‘Clubs will certainly have some more difficulties to deal with, so with less income, we’ll need to be more creative and elastic, finding a different formula for transfer deals.

Pogba played for Juventus for four seasons from 2012 to 2016 before leaving for £89m

‘I expect many exchanges of players, although obviously we can’t use the NBA draft because that is a closed system.

‘We should take more from the NBA and American sports in general. After all the Premier League has this big advantage over the other leagues because they control the brand and represent the whole league rather than individual clubs.

‘What we will see is more extended loans, so a two-year loan, even three. Some say we could start the 2020-21 season with the same players as 2019-20 which is also a possibility.’

He added: ‘I believe that if we exchange players between the top 12-15 clubs in the world, the value of the transfers won’t drop. When purchasing a new player, that’s a different matter and we can see a fall in the fees.’

Paratici pointed out Cristiano Ronaldo as an exception, due to the ‘incredible and exponential’ growth in revenue he provides by ‘representing a brand that is almost as big as a club’.

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