Despite a fantastic first season at Juventus since joining from Manchester United, Paul Pogba may be on his way out of Italy.
Pogba, still only 20, has established himself as arguably the best young central midfielder in the world, after a season that saw him notch five goals and bag a call up to the France squad.
With question marks over Andrea Pirlo's future with Juve, you would think that manager Antonio Conte would want to build around the Frenchman, but president Andrea Agnelli stated that Serie A is no longer appealing to players, and that if a suitable offer comes in for Pogba, they may be forced to sell him.
“If I was to judge it from a footballers' point of view, Italy is no longer the final destination but a transit destination. I am trying to think what will be of us in two or three years' time if we get a massive offer for one of the best talents we have today, Pogba, the French 20-year-old. Would we be able to retain him? I don't know. I don't think at the moment we have the strength to retain such a player.
"Look at what happened to AC Milan. They had to give away Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to pay the cheques. At the end of the day you can be attractive, but you also need to have the economic strength."
The revelation coming out of Turin will set a number of big clubs around Europe on red alert, with the chance to sign an already talented midfielder with bags of potential. The irony of the situation is that Manchester United, Pogba's former club, could have really used a player like him before spending £27.5m on Marouane Fellaini. It would be interesting to see whether United try and bring Pogba back, as the Frenchman's main reason for leaving was his frayed relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Aside from United, you'd have to imagine that only clubs with financial clout would be able to afford Pogba, so teams such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Real Madrid would be front-runners for Pogba's signature, whilst Arsenal have recently held an interest in the former Le Havre product.
Juventus have managed to rebuild their team and their reputation since the match-fixing scandal that saw them relegated in 2006, but losing Pogba would be a huge blow to their team not only now, but also as they look to challenge Europe's elite as the top side from Italy.
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