Man Utd transfer news: Juventus chief jets in to hold shock Paul Pogba talks | Football | Sport

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Pogba has been linked with a move away from United this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots a mass overhaul at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman recorded his best season last term since rejoining from Juventus in 2016 but there are concerns over his effect on the team.

Rumours have now gained serious ground regarding a return to the Turin club with Sky Italia reporting Paratici, who deals with the side’s transfer processes, has flown to London for the first “face-to-face” talks regarding Pogba.

United paid a world-record £89million to get Pogba back on their books three summers ago but are now expected to charge around £130m.

Juventus are relucant to stump up such a fee but discussed using right-back Joao Cancelo as a makeweight in negotiations.

United are in the market for a right-back with captain Ashley Young expected to leave after seeing out the final year of his deal next season.

The Red Devils bought Diogo Dalot last season but the wideman was often used in an advanced role and Solskjaer is believed to want a more defensively-sound player in the position.

Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been sounded out but Cancelo, 25, also ticks that box and could be used to bring down the fee Juventus would pay to bring back Pogba in what is a becoming a yo-yo career between Manchester and Turin.

Paratici spoke about the possibility of signing Pogba at a Football Leader 2019 event last week.

“We’ll speak with the new coach,” he coyly said.

That is expected to be Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri – the other reason Paratici was in London, according to the report.

If Pogba is to join the Serie A champions he will join a midfield outfit including Miralem Pjanic, Emre Can and Blaise Matuidi.

Pogba won four successive Scudettos and two Coppa Italias with Juventus and became one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football while playing alongside Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio.

In his first year back in Manchester, the midfielder won the Europa League and League Cup but then developed a fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho, who benched the World Cup winner before being sacked in December.

Pogba initially flourished under new boss Solskjaer but then curtailed alongside other players of the squad as the season drew to a close, with questions over his attitude.

The 26-year-old did hint at his plans to begin the season at United, though, in a recent podcast with The Times.

“I think we’re still learning, we’re still growing,” he said of the side, looking forward to the 2019/20 campaign.

“We try to come back to the top and play in the Champions League, get to semi-finals, winning the Premier League.

“That’s the goal of the club and that’s why Ole came back.”



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