Paul Pogba will reportedly have to accept a major pay cut if he leaves Manchester United for Juventus in the summer transfer window.
The French midfielder has long faced speculation over his exit following his struggles for form at Old Trafford. Not only has he suffered injury problems along the way, but a dwindling contract to boot.
And as the current campaign has progressed, it has become increasingly clear that he sees his future elsewhere.
Pogba has insisted that “nothing is decided” three months before his deal expires. Nevertheless, he has admitted that he “wants to win titles”.
He therefore recently described this season as “dead” for Man Utd as they scrap for the top four having exited the other competitions.
Juventus has emerged as a potential exit route for Pogba in the summer. He left Old Trafford for the Turin club in 2012 and his sparkling form thereafter convinced United to re-sign him in 2016 for £89million.
According to Calciomercato, though, the 29-year-old will have to take a considerable pay cut to move back to Juventus.
The Old Lady have put a ceiling of €10million (£8.5million) on the wages they are willing to offer Pogba per season.
Paul Pogba likely to leave Man Utd
Paul Pogba is looking increasingly likely to leave Manchester United this summer.
That equates to just over £160,000 per week. And that is a sizeable drop from the reported £290,000 per week that he currently takes home at Man Utd.
Juventus have set the wage cap despite soon shifting Paulo Dybala’s salary. The Argentine midfielder, who spent a successful season with Pogba, is also out of contract in June. He has Premier League interest, reportedly from Tottenham.
Pogba still has friends in Turin and Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri knows that the midfielder would improve his team.
Indeed, Pogba and Allegri worked together for two seasons.
Tale of two clubs for Pogba
Pogba stood out in Serie A, leading him to become a senior France international. In 2013, he won the Golden Boy award – given to the best player in the world under the age of 21.
From there, he proved influential in leading Juventus to three Serie A titles.
Pogba has undoubtedly had standout moments in his second spell at Man Utd. He was the only United player – and the only one not at Liverpool or Manchester City in fact – to earn a place in the 2019 PFA Team of the Year.
However, he has only won one trophy with the Red Devils and has proved more inconsistent.
He has insisted that his focus is on finishing the season well with United following a hamstring injury.