According to a new report from Sky Sports in Germany, Juventus and Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head for the signature of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in the summer.
The same outlet states that a departure in the ongoing January transfer window is highly unlikely as the Red Devils don’t have a replacement lined up.
However, the situation could very well change in the summer when Pogba is definitely expected to finally get his move that he so desires, as Sky Sports’ transfer expert Max Bielefeld explains in the same report.
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“We know that Paul Pogba’s contract with Manchester United is no longer being renewed. The likelihood of a change in the summer is very high,” said Bielefeld.
The Frenchman does seem to prefer Real Madrid as his destination but the Bianconeri are still hopeful of his sensational return to Turin, four years after leaving them for Old Trafford.
Bielefeld also mentions that a contract extension is off the table at the moment and that makes a summer switch that much more likely.
Interestingly enough, even though Pogba may prefer Real Madrid to Juventus, that doesn’t mean that the Italian giants are completely out of the race for his signature.
Just recently, AS came out with a report stating that Los Blancos have been convinced with the rise of Federico Valverde and have subsequently cooled their interest in the French World Cup winner.
Needless to say, this could play right into Juventus’ hands and could even see them overtake the Spaniards in this thrilling contest.
However, they will still have to be wary of Man United’s evaluation of their star, as Sky in Germany claim the Red Devils have previously slapped a €150m (£128.4m) price tag on Pogba, though that sum is unrealistic given he will have just one year remaining on his current deal by the summer of 2020.
It remains to be seen whether Maurizio Sarri is ready to fork out such a huge sum to get the prodigal son to return to the club of his youth.