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28th Apr 2019

Juventus prepared to meet Manchester United’s valuation of Paul Pogba

Juventus are reportedly prepared to meet Manchester United's valuation of Paul Pogba and offer him a return to Italy this summer

Robert Redmond

Pogba spent four years with the Italian champions

According to Roy Keane, Paul Pogba is a “big problem” for Manchester United. On Sky Sports’ coverage of the Manchester derby, Keane verbally eviscerated Pogba before a ball was kicked on the night. His successor in the United midfield then did nothing to prove him wrong during the 2-0 loss to Manchester City.

However, it looks like Keane’s former club may have found a solution to their Pogba “problem.”

According to Fabrizio Romano, writing in The Guardian, Juventus are interested in re-signing the French midfielder and have held talks with his agent. It is understood that United are reluctant to lose Pogba, who re-joined the club from the Italian champions in 2016 for a then world record fee of £93m.

However, Pogba may look to leave Old Trafford for a second time this summer, particularly if the club misses out on qualification for the Champions League. United would reportedly accept a bid of €130m (£112m) for the midfielder.

Juventus would need to sell two or three first-team players – such as Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa – to fund the transfer. But they are keen and reportedly want to make a marquee signing this summer, just as they did last year when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Pogba played for Juventus between 2012 and 2016, winning the Serie A title in each season. Since returning to Man United, the French midfielder has helped the team win the Europa League and the League Cup.

He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year for the current season, despite his form dropping off over the last six weeks. Pogba’s best spell of form in a red shirt came in the period following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager last December.

Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for the midfielder.