Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has enjoyed a wonderful summer this year. The former Juventus midfielder had a starring role in France’s run to the World Cup final, and the man himself had a huge hand in their 4-2 win over Croatia during Sunday’s showpiece game, scoring an excellent third and impressive with his defensive discipline and focus. His performances for Didier Deschamps side have caught the eye, not just for his application but the committed nature of his displays, which will surely have pleased Jose Mourinho as the Portuguese attempts to craft a United side capable of overthrowing Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
One would think that Pogba would be front-and-centre of any plans to topple Pep Guardiola’s side, but according to the Mirror, who cite a report in Italian outlet Tuttosport, the player might be eyeing up a return to Serie A. The Frenchman, who spent four years in Turin after leaving United in 2012, only moved back to the Premier League in 2016 for a gigantic £89m fee, but reportedly, the Bianconeri’s recent acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo has turned the player’s head to the point where a move back to Italy would be of interest to him. The suggestion is that Juve would be better placed to win the Champions League than United, which would be of great interest to Pogba after tasting World Cup glory this summer.
It’s a tenuous link to make, in all honesty. Juventus aren’t typically known to splash the cash on this level, despite having no equal in Serie A, but the notion that United would even countenance a sale for their star asset only a few years after prising him back is difficult to accept. Given that the club parted with such a huge sum of cash to bring the player back, the level of embarrassment that his sale would provoke if Pogba failed to fulfil his potential at United and left thereafter doesn’t bear thinking about.