Manchester United still view Paul Pogba as a player capable of building the team around, according to reports in France. The 27-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford ever since last year, where he expressed a desire to pursue a new challenge elsewhere. Real Madrid and Juventus are both admirers of the France international but moves to both won’t be straightforward.
According to Le10 Sport, United don’t want to sell Pogba and still believe he can be the leader of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
The France international has blown hot and cold ever since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 – but did enjoy an upturn in form following Solskjaer’s appointment as manager.
However, while that’s the case, the midfielder himself still wants out.
And it’s been claimed that Juventus have opened discussions with Mino Raiola regarding a stunning return for the 2018 World Cup winner.
Juve could lose several midfielders this summer.
Miralem Pjanic could be moved on, with Chelsea, Barcelona and PSG all admirers of the Bosnia international.
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Adrien Rabiot has been linked with Arsenal and Everton – as well as United – having struggled to adjust to life in Turin.
And Aaron Ramsey is another player who could be destined for the exit door, with the Wales international also failing to settle since leaving Arsenal behind.
While Juventus want to sign Pogba, though, Real Madrid appear to be out of the race to land the midfielder.
Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez doesn’t want to do business with Raiola, who has a notorious reputation across the footballing world.
And that’s despite Zinedine Zidane long admiring his compatriot.
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“He’s a guy who has an immense quality, he’s a strong player for the Premier League.
“He knows how to play the Premier League.
“So I’m sure I want him to stay because I’m sure he will help us a lot.
“We’re in the same position, but the more quality players on the team, the better. You will not build a team with 11 players. You need a strong squad.
“So I really hope that he stays, and if he stays, I’m sure he will be a very strong reinforcement for us next season.”