The World Cup winning midfielder recently revealed he is considering ‘a new challenge somewhere else’
Unsettled Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly keen on a return to Juventus – and the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici has admitted they ‘love’ the Frenchman.
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the 26-year-old’s future at Old Trafford, with the Italian outfit just one of a host of European giants linked with the enigmatic playmaker’s signature.
Pogba, who revealed last weekend he is considering ‘a new challenge somewhere else’, is also very popular with the hierarchy at Real Madrid – who recently secured a deal for Eden Hazard which could cost them as much as £130million.
But it is Juve who are the most interested party as things stand, as they seek a reunion with the France midfielder three years after selling him to United for a then world-record £89m.
Juventus sporting director Paratici was asked about the World Cup winner, who won four Serie A titles with the club between 2012 and 2016, on the day Maurizio Sarri was unveiled as their new manager.
“They are very good players,” he said.
“Pogba plays for Manchester United, we love him a lot of course because he played here for several years.
“He grew here a lot, and became world champion, so he certainly gave us a lot but he is a player of Manchester United.”
United reportedly expect Pogba to still be at the club next season, with a massive offer required for them to reconsider their stance.
Romelu Lukaku’s future is also up in the air with the striker being linked with a move to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, while questions remain over the futures of the likes of Alexis Sanchez and David De Gea.
Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia are leaving the club this summer on free transfers, but Juan Mata signed a two-year deal, with the option of another, on Wednesday.
United are pushing to sign Crystal Palace and England Under-21s right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Leicester’s Harry Maguire is of interest as they attempt to improve at centre-back.