Juventus have readied a contract offer to tempt Paul Pogba back to the club from Manchester United, according to a report.
The 28-year-old has faced lots of exit speculation ever since he moved back to United. In 2018, for instance, links with a move back to Real Madrid hit a peak, although a deal never materialised.
Nevertheless, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has spoken out on several occasions about his client’s future.
The France international has remained fairly quiet, despite his representative’s comments. However, as he runs down the final months of his contract, the speculation has ramped up.
Pogba has reportedly told close friends that he wants to stay at Old Trafford and sign a new deal. He has also admitted, though, that he still likes Turin and vowed to consider his future at the end of the season.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have now sprung into action to try and bring Pogba back.
They are ready to offer the midfielder a salary worth £10million a year. That amounts to £2million less than he currently earns at United.
As well as the potential of Pogba snubbing the wage cut, selling talent to fund his return is another obstacle for Juventus.
Following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, they would have to sell two of their current midfielders – Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot.
Former Arsenal man Ramsey is reportedly interesting Everton and Newcastle. Rabiot, meanwhile, is a good friend of his fellow Frenchman Pogba and the pair are regulars in Didier Deschamps’ team.
Pogba has spent a portion of his time back at United in a more defensive role.
However, his seven Premier League assists so far this season are a mark of his growing freedom in the team. In fact, he is showing the sort of attacking contributions that saw him make his name at Juventus.
Pogba team-mate told of potential Man Utd change
Pogba has played a central role in United’s plans this season alongside fellow midfielder Scott McTominay.
The Scotland international usually plays in a more defensive role alongside Fred or Nemanja Matic.
Still, he has shown flashes of attacking talent, including his brace of goals against Leeds last season.
According to Bryan Robson, Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should think about converting McTominay into a box-to-box midfielder.