‘We love him’ – Juventus director refues to rule out Paul Pogba swoop

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Paul Pogba

Juventus director Fabio Paratici has hinted that the Italian champions maintain an interest in luring Manchester United star Paul Pogba back to Turin.

Pogba back on song

For the first time in some time, speculation surrounding the future of Red Devils midfielder Pogba proved largely subdued this past summer.

The Frenchman endured a somewhat hit-and-miss campaign at Old Trafford in 2019/20, with a series of ankle problems having restricted him to just 16 Premier League appearances.

Significantly, though, 9 of these outings came on the back of the forced Covid-19 break, with Pogba having gone on to play a key role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men clinching a top-4 berth.

The 27-year-old also formed an encouraging partnership alongside Bruno Fernandes at the heart of United’s midfield, with Pogba, all told, having looked genuinely content in the colours of the Manchester giants as the campaign drew to a close.

Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on June 30, 2020. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP)

Such factors, when also taking into consideration the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on clubs around the globe, in turn, saw the rumours surrounding Pogba’s name fizzle out almost completely ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

‘A fantastic player, but…’

This, however, all changed early last month.

Speaking to the media whilst on international duty with France, the gifted midfielder was drawn on a potential move to Real Madrid down the line.

And Pogba point blank refused to rule out the possibility, going as far as to label a Bernabeu switch ‘a dream’:

‘We have all heard that things have been said. What to say? Yes, all footballers would love to play for Real Madrid. It might be a dream.’

‘It is a dream for me, why not one day?’

As such, with the 27-year-old’s form having also taken a turn for the worse over recent weeks, as has so often proved the case over the course of his time in Manchester, exit rumours have begun to resurface.

Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

The latest comments doing the rounds in the press on Thursday, however, do not hint at a potential Real Madrid transfer.

Instead, they centre on the possibility of a return to Juventus.

On the back of the club’s comfortable Champions League win over Ferencvaros on Wednesday night, Bianconeri director Fabio Paratici was drawn on whether or not the Serie A champions maintain an interest in Pogba’s signature.

And the Juve chief essentially went on to confirm as much, admitting that, though it remains ‘too early’ to shift attentions to matters on the transfer front, the Old Lady, as a club, still ‘love Pogba’:

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‘Paul Pogba as our target? In this moment he’s a Man Utd player, it’s difficult to think about transfers.’

‘We love Pogba, he’s a fantastic player. But it’s too early to talk about our targets for the future.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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