Manchester United faced with prospect of Juventus ‘investing heavily’ to secure Paul Pogba return – report

by Harry Robinson

Paul Pogba’s links with a return to Juventus from Manchester United remain stubbornly prominent in the Italian media.

Tuttosport claims that the Serie A champions, who were recently in Manchester to face Pogba at Old Trafford in the UEFA Champions League, are prepared to invest heavily to secure the return of their former-midfielder.

United signed Pogba from Juventus in August 2016 for a then-world record £89 million. He’s contributed more goals for the club since then than any other player, with 20 goals and 21 assists.

The Reds are thus reluctant to consider selling Pogba. Not only are his performances good and his importance great, but he is a massive commercial asset.

However, his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has looked frosty at best this season. Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy not too long ago and has made thinly-veiled comments about United’s style of play.

Tuttosport suggests that United could be convinced to sell Pogba back to Juventus if the Italian club include Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro in the deal.

Mourinho was keen on signing Sandro in the last few transfer windows, it is thought.

Pogba will draw interest from many of Europe’s top clubs if he does leave United. Paris Saint-Germain are one of only a few teams who could afford Pogba. FC Barcelona have also shown clear interest.

The Frenchman did refer to United as his “home” in an interview with UEFA recently, having played at the club as a teenager before leaving for Juventus the first time.

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