Old Trafford Calling: United Open Pogba Talks With Juve
English giants Manchester United FC have opened discussions with Juventus over former player Paul Pogba, according to French publication, L’Equipe.
Pogba, now 23, left United to join Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 after refusing the offer of a new contract from then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson because he had grown frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.
But after making just seven first-team appearances for United, they are now said to be interested in seeing the France international midfielder back in a Red Devils shirt. The Old Lady have no intention of selling their prized possession for anything less than £82.8million (€100m), but there seems to be some desire on the behalf of Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola to create a mini-monopoly at United this summer, and Pogba would be a crucial part of that.
L’Equipe claim that United’s new Portuguese boss, Jose Mourinho is keen to implement a 4-3-3 formation at United next season. This is said to feature Pogba and captain Wayne Rooney in central midfield roles, Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the star forward, with Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on either side.
Mourinho was reportedly keen on bringing Pogba to England while manager of the then-Premier League champions, Chelsea, last summer. At the time of Pogba’s departure from United, Ferguson said: “It’s disappointing. I don’t think he showed us any respect at all, to be honest.”
Pogba then revealed to ESPN: “He’s a coach I respect a lot. But he’s a human. I’m someone who says what he thinks. Whether it’s Ferguson or (United States of America President, Barack) Obama, I’ll tell him. Ferguson came to my place. We talked. It did make me think. He wanted to keep me, but I’d made my decision to leave.”
The French midfielder has scored 10 goals in 49 games in all competitions for Juventus, he is currently preparing to face Iceland with France in a Euro 2016 quarter-final at the Stade de France in Paris on Sunday night.