Juventus are closing in on re-signing free agent Paul Pogba just weeks after the midfielder left Man United… with meetings with his representative Rafaela Pimenta set to take place this week
- Juventus are hoping to re-sign Paul Pogba six years after he left the club
- Pogba had rejoined boyhood club Manchester United but has now departed
- Talks set to take place this week with Pogba’s lawyers ahead of potential deal
- Move could see Frenchman earn £64million across a four-year deal
Pogba, who left Manchester United at the end of last season following a six-year spell back at his boyhood club, is close to linking back up with former manager Massimiliano Allegri and progress on the deal is expected to move quickly.
Further meetings are scheduled with Pogba’s lawyer Rafaela Pimenta this week, with Juve hoping to complete a deal in the coming weeks in preparation for the new Serie A season.
Pogba brought an end to his six-year stay at Manchester United earlier this month
The midfielder struggled to make an impact in his six years back at Old Trafford
A potential four-year deal back in Italy will be worth £68million to Pogba, who left the club in 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89million in 2016.
The French World Cup winner went onto make 226 appearances for United, scoring 39 goals, but struggled to reach the heights many fans had hoped for.
Rafaela Pimenta, the lawyer who has taken over the negotiations for former clients of Mino Raiola after his death, is working on a deal for Pogba at Juventus.
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also though to be interested in the 29-year-old, but Juventus are strong favourites for his signature.
Pogba won the World Cup with France in 2018 but couldn’t take the success to United
After six difficult seasons at United, where he last won a major trophy in his first campaign back at the club, Pogba departed Old Trafford at the start of June.
He enjoyed his most successful time as a player in his club career at Juventus from 2012 to 2016.
During that time he won four Serie A titles, and helped them reach the Champions League final in 2015.
He returned to United with much optimism but struggled to replicate his performances for Juventus or at international level for the Red Devils.
Pogba arguably played his best football at Juventus and now looks set to return to the club
The midfielder joined Juventus aged 19 in 2012 and could now return to the club 10 years on
United’s farewell message to Pogba gushed over ‘a career that had brought so many individual high moments, so many beautiful goals, assists and pieces of skill.’
In truth, the Frenchman’s second stay in Manchester was probably one of the most disappointing in the club’s history.
He regularly failed to live up to expectations, and couldn’t drag United to any major successes, a feat his price tag almost promised.
He will have the chance to inject new life into his career back in Turin, as Juventus aim to climb back to the top of Italy’s footballing mountain after finishing fourth in Serie A last season.