Manchester United star Paul Pogba is on the verge of re-signing for Juventus, according to reports in France. The 27-year-old spent four years with the Old Lady earlier in his career, shining under Antonio Conte. And he could now be set for a stunning return.
Manchester United signed Pogba from Juventus in 2016, installed with the belief the France international would be their ticket back to the top.
However, the 2018 World Cup winner has failed to deliver on a regular basis since returning to Old Trafford.
Pogba has had his highs, such as winning the EFL Cup and Carabao Cup in his first season back at United.
But inconsistency, injury and clashes with Jose Mourinho have soured his second spell at the Theatre of Dreams.
And French newspaper L’Equipe say Juventus are ‘on the verge’ of re-signing Pogba but are currently scrambling to put finishing touches to a deal.
The United star would cost the Old Lady in the region of £72million to complete.
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And, as things stand, Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot appears likeliest to be used as a bargaining chip to get the price down.
It’s claimed that Rabiot has interest in joining United alongside his mother and agent, Veronique.
The pair are said to be interested in moving to England, with Rabiot struggling at Juventus ever since his arrival on a free transfer from PSG.
His relationship with Juve has supposedly soured, with the midfielder unimpressed at his having to take a pay cut.
Juventus, in return, are unhappy at Rabiot for his unwillingness to return early from isolation – despite several of his team-mates doing so.
And a parting of the ways now looks likely.
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Meanwhile, speaking at the start of the month, former United star Paul Ince expressed a belief that Pogba should be sold.
He told Paddy Power: “What’s disappointing is the way he’s acted, his behaviour and performances reflect that he’s been unsure about his decision.
“You compare that to Bruno Fernandes, and his arrival at United, and it’s crazy. He’s come in and hit the ground running fairly instantly, winning over the fans in the process. Pogba never did that, and his performances have been inconsistent to say the least.
“Sometimes they’ve been on the border of diabolical, and occasionally they’ve been brilliant. When you cost that kind of money as a player, fans expect you to be consistently great, especially when you’re playing for Man United. Their expectations are very high.
“The on the pitch performances, plus his behaviour off the pitch, with his agent and generally acting up, isn’t good for the club.
“If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to take the club forward, to build and to instil the ‘United Way’ back into the team, then Pogba’s actions don’t reflect that.
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“The way he’s been acting and behaving recently, he just isn’t good for the club. If you want the right attitude and mentality, and high standards, then sorry, but that doesn’t fit in with Paul Pogba.
“There’s been too many distractions, too many reports around him and his behaviour, so his time for me is up.
“Perhaps if Fernandes hadn’t come in and done as well as he has done, maybe Ole might try and keep Pogba. But now, he might be thinking if I can get the right money for Pogba, then I can let him go.
“It’s a shame, because he could’ve been a great player for the club, but he isn’t a great player at the moment. Ultimately, he’s a distraction and his behaviour impacts and damages the rest of the team.
“Now, if he was performing out of his skin every week and changing games, you could forgive him for his behaviour even when he’s being a nightmare, but he isn’t, so why bother? If he’s not performing, just let him go, get rid.
“The decision needs to be made, and quickly, because we can’t have another season of the Pogba circus. He wouldn’t even get in the side at the moment.”
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