Paul Pogba more interested in a return to Juventus over a move to Real Madrid but can they afford him?

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is reported to favour a move back to Juventus over a move to Real Madrid this summer. Sky Sports has reported this news which comes from Sky Sports in Italy. Of course, they would say that though, wouldn’t they? United are understood to want to keep Pogba this summer but would sell for £150 million, a £61 million increase in his fee from the summer of 2016.

The Italian champions are keen to re-sign Pogba this summer but are currently looking into ways to match his wages before making an approach to United. On Sunday, whilst doing a promotional tour for adidas in the far east, Pogba said; “it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.” However, reports state that United would look to renew the player’s contract with £500,000 a week touted.

Pogba has two years left on his current contract but it also includes a clause for a further year to be added on, meaning he could well be contracted to the club for three years, if United decide to avoid selling him, which based on what he has said and the lack of consistency from the player, would be a very silly thing to do. United should be looking to get rid of him at the first opportunity, as long as their fee is matched.

There is a lot written about Pogba in the media and whether he will stay at United, move to Real Madrid and go back to Juventus. It would seem that this will be the norm for a number of weeks, a saga that is not needed. If Pogba wants to leave United, let him leave. It would not be the first time but it needs to be made the last time. Looking back over the three years he has been back, it has not been great for him, has it?

The Pogba fans said that United needed a defensive midfielder to unlock Pogba’s potential, Nemanja Matic arrived. Then, Pogba needed to play on the left. Then another midfielder was needed so Pogba could play further forward. Fred arrived. Then Jose Mourinho was causing a rift with Pogba and he needed to be sacked. That happened. Pogba then had some good form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which soon left.

If Pogba is this great midfielder, why does he need so many things to be done for him to unlock his potential, help him play better and then have a specific position in the earmarked for him? If he was a good midfielder, he should be able to play anywhere in the midfield, that is needed for the team at any moment in time. There are so many excuses for Pogba, it is unbelievable. The same excuses are not made for other players though!

Sky Sports in Italy suggest that Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo could be used as part of the deal which could see Pogba return to Turin. However, there is no suggestion that Cancelo is currently linked to Manchester City and it is likely that the deal could be completed, so how can he be part of a prospective deal which could see Pogba return to Turin? Do any of the media talk to each other or do they just say things to fit in with a subject?

Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici travelled to London last week. It had a lot to do with Maurizio Sarri leaving Chelsea to become the Juventus manager this summer but speculation suggested there was a meeting with United in the capital, specifically about Pogba. Also, it is suggested that Juventus are also interested in Adrien Rabiot and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer, so they have other options to strengthen.

It would seem that if Pogba wants to leave this summer, he needs to find out who wants him and whether they are prepared to pay the fee to sign him. This is not the first summer he has wanted to leave, there were the links with Barcelona last summer, so it really is time to get rid of the virus that is Paul Pogba. He does not want to be at United, that is abundantly clear at this moment in time.

Real Madrid might come back into the fold but after spending more than £250 million already this summer, they will need to meet financial fair play regulations and signing Pogba could be problematic, especially if they cannot offload Gareth Bale, who was linked to United but is a player the Old Trafford club does not want. It could mean that it is all down to Juventus now, which does not seem to be a dead cert for the player.

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