Juventus tell Arsenal to forget about midfielder bid

Paul Pogba

The Gunners are in the market to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes, however a move for Paul Pogba has been ruled out.

Not surprisingly, another door in Arsenal’s transfer window hunt has closed in their faces, as Juventus have confirmed that young French midfielder Paul Pogba is not for sale.

The Gunners had been linked in both the English and Italian press with an approach for the former Manchester United man, however Bianconeri general manager Beppe Marotta has moved to quiet such speculation.

"Forget about Pogba," the executive told Tuttosport. "We do not have the slightest intention of listening to any offer which may arrive for our midfielder."

The brief comments will not be entirely unexpected, as the 20-year-old has started to play an increasingly significant role for the Turin giants.

A few eyebrows were raised when the Le Harve youth product opted to spurn a new contract at Old Trafford in favour of a switch to the Italian champions last summer. With Paul Scholes coming to the end of his career and Pogba starting to get the occasional glimpse of first-team football with United, the move seemed strange.

Many believed that Pogba would struggle to break into a Juve midfield that included Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal. However, 27 Serie A appearances last term, 18 as a starter, shows that the youngster has what it takes to compete for a place against more-established team-mates.

Pogba certainly would have fitted in at Arsenal, and has all the attributes to bring an extra dimension to the Gunners’ midfield.

With United’s ongoing search for a player that can bring creativity to their midfield, and efforts to sign Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas falling short, they will now more than ever regret not doing more to keep Pogba at Old Trafford.

The young Frenchman is exactly the type of player that United are currently in the market for – and they let him slip through their fingers. Pogba’s dynamic and energetic approach is precisely what the Premier League champions need in their central midfield alongside a more stagnant Michael Carrick, while his passing ability and goal threat would have been a real feature in the side’s play.

Although Pogba is certainly the type of player that Arsenal and United should be targeting, the Premier League’s lose is Juventus’ and Serie A’s gain. The French midfielder will look to continue his footballing education in Turin this season and looks set to increase his importance to the Serie A champions.

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