Italian paper suggests Chelsea and Arsenal pursuit of Juve star could be pointless

An Italian newspaper has claimed former Manchester United man Paul Pogba wants to fulfil initial career goals at Juventus.

Pogba has turned himself around at the Serie A champions from a youngster with clear potential at Manchester United to a midfielder rated as one of the best talents in Italy since he made the move.

Pogba has been linked with several moves back to the Premier League with Chelsea and Arsenal among his reported courters, as well as the club he left to join Juventus, Manchester United.

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However, Italian source La Gazzetta dello sport has claimed that he’s aiming to stay at Juventus for the long haul with the Ballon d’Or award his ultimate aim.

“The boy, managed by the skilful Mino Raiola, is fully conscious of its own means and pursues a clear objective: to become the best in the world and win the Ballon d'Or. For that, they serve stages of prestige, visibility and guarantee of glory,” reads a translated version of the report.

Some reports suggest sides are willing to offer up to £40 million to sign the French 20-year-old but the same report from Gazzetta suggests Juve are working away relentlessly behind the scenes to try and secure Pogba on an even longer contract.

His current deal doesn’t expire until 2016 so the Italian side hold all of the power because they are under no pressure.

They are also in the unique position that they are the side which has given Pogba his first chance in domestic and European football, a chance he’s suggested in the past that Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United wasn’t ready to give him.

It’s also significant that he’s tasted success at Juventus with the domestic title last year and he’s also playing Champions League football regularly, important for the development of any young player.

His numbers in Serie A have been superb; four goals and four assists from 12 matches.

If he maintains that sort of form then the interest and number of stories over his possible transfer are only going to increase, but if Gazzetta are to be believed, it could be a waste of time for any team trying to poach him away from the Old Lady.

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