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Juventus swerve Paul Pogba question to fuel talk of Man Utd transfer negotiations

By CJ Smith

Published: 17:02, 20 June 2019

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has fuelled yet more talk of a return to Turin for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Pogba left the Bianconeri for a second spell at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 for a record-breaking £89 million, but he has struggled to convince much of the United fanbase.

Juve’s Pogba stance: Five key things to know…

  1. Pogba won four straight Serie A titles with Juve between 2013-16.
  2. He then made an £89m switch to Man Utd, winning two major honours so far.
  3. But despite scoring 31 goals in 135 games, many are unconvinced by the Frenchman.
  4. Pogba has recently hinted he will seek out a new challenge this summer.
  5. Paratici has spoken of his ‘fondness’ for the World Cup winner.

But the French World Cup winner did lift four consecutive Serie A titles during his time with Juventus and has recently suggested he will seek a new challenge this summer.

“Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well,” Pogba told reporters. “For me, I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.

“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well … I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

These comments have only intensified speculation that Juventus will move to bring Pogba back to Italy once again and although Paratici was reluctant to give too much away, he did speak of his “fondness” for Pogba, as well as addressing links to PSG’s Adrien Rabiot.

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He told reporters: “Pogba and Rabiot are two good players.

“Pogba we are very fond of, but he is a player of Manchester United.

“On Rabiot there are so many teams, we are not looking only at him.”

Following the departure of Max Allegri, Juventus have appointed ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as the new man to take them forward as the Old Lady seek to extend a run of eight consecutive Serie A titles.