According to Tuttosport, Manchester United have been dealt a major blow as Juventus plan to bring midfielder Paul Pogba back to Turin this summer. The 25-year-old has struggled for consistency since returning to Old Trafford and his deteriorating relationship with Jose Mourinho could see him seek an exit.
Pogba re-joined United from Juventus in 2016 but has struggled to live up to his £89m transfer fee. The French international has made 88 appearances in all competitions since his Manchester return, scoring and creating a respectable 33 goals, but his future appears to be away from the Red Devils.
Juventus have their former player on a shortlist of midfielders they want to sign this summer. Pogba is joined by Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who is a target for United. Old Lady manager Massimiliano Allegri committed his future to the club, rejecting interest from the Premier League, and discussed potential signings for the upcoming season – Pogba is believed to be one of them.
Chief executive Ed Woodward is keen to keep Pogba after putting in so much work to bring him back to England in 2016. It would be a major blow to him to lose the 25-year-old so soon into his return. Mourinho, however, reportedly wants to be rid of the Frenchman.
If United did sell him, they’d likely only do so if a replacement was lined up, as they’ll be short this summer with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini out of contract. With no replacement midfielder lined up, Juventus might struggle to make progress with Pogba.