The Frenchman has become one of Europe’s most wanted youngsters since joining the Serie A champions in August 2012, quite notoriously on a free transfer from Manchester United.
At Old Trafford the sale has come to be rued widely as his star has risen in Turin, with the 20-year-old breaking into the starting eleven at the expense of hometown favourite Claudio Marchisio this season.
Juventus remain keen on seeing the all-action midfielder sign a new deal with the club that would improve on his current terms, which runs until 2016 at a rate of €1.2 million per season, yet negotiations have yet to be concluded as the economic elite continue to monitor the situation in hopes of making a successful swoop.
In the Premier League, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and even Pogba’s former employers in United have all been linked with a move for his services since the summer transfer window closed in early September, but may see themselves beaten to the punch by financial muscle from the Bianconeri man’s homeland.
Sport Mediaset have maintained that PSG will come in with an offer of €50 million for the France international, a figure commensurate with the understood minimum for Juventus to consider a sale, in an effort to bring Pogba to the City of Lights.
Coach Antonio Conte is known to be hesitant to allow his prize young asset to leave as he sees Pogba as crucial to the club’s continuing success in the future, yet management may have no choice but to accept a bid of such magnitude, especially considering that the player was originally brought to Turin at zero cost.
PSG have made a point of shopping Serie A in recent years since the lucrative takeover by the Qatar Investment Authority, purchasing stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani all from Italian sides at lavish prices.
And if the most recent report is to be believed, Pogba may soon be joining that list if Juventus are inclined to flog off the 20-year-old for a massive cash injection and Premier League suitors are unable to counter with a substantial offer.
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