Juventus will make a concerted effort to re-sign Paul Pogba next summer, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Manchester United have triggered the one-year extension in the France star’s contract.
United have tied the 27-year-old to the club until June 2022. Sky Sports claim the deal is believed to have been triggered before the France World Cup winner fuelled talk about his future during the international break.
Pogba was asked about a move to Real Madrid and he admitted it was a “dream” for him to play for Madrid.
Asked about Pogba on Friday lunchtime, before the contract extension had come to light, Solskjaer said: “When players are away on internationals they might be affected by the questions.
“Or it’s the French connection there with Zidane, I think that’s the angle the French media had.
“Paul has responded as he has. He has two years in his contract here, I’m sure we’ll get the best out of him. We’re still working to get the best out of him here.”
The Manchester Evening News claim that United’s decision is the earliest they have ever exercised the one-year option in a player’s contract since executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward introduced the plus-one option in 2013.
Meanwhile, Pogba’s former club Juve remain in the background.
€100m offer blocked by Covid-19
Romano claims Juve would have been in the market for Pogba in the summer had Covid-19 not wrecked their finances.
“The club’s losses prevented a purchase of over €100m with a salary of €16/17 million a year,” according to the transfer pundit.
United have apparently blocked all part-exchange deals and he believes the speculation will begin once again next June, although the delayed Euros might mean that is delayed until July.
Pogba re-signed for United four years ago for £89m for Juventus.
He admitted in the summer of 2019 that ‘it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else’.
His agent Mino Raiola also added fuel to the fire. He told La Repubblica in January he ‘wouldn’t bring anyone there (United) now’.