Juventus warned over re-signing Paul Pogba, by former Italy international
Former Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini has warned Juventus that re-signing Paul Pogba may not be a success.
Pogba is expected to leave Manchester United on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of June.
The Mail report Juventus are confident of winning the race for Pogba’s services, although Paris Saint-Germain are expected to make a late offer.
If Pogba join Juventus, it would be the second time they have signed him on a free transfer from Manchester United.
Giaccherini warns over Pogba move
Former Juventus forward Emanuele Giaccherini warns that Pogba may not enjoy the same success at the Serie A side that he originally did.
Pogba won the title with Juventus during his first stint at the club, when he was also able to play alongside Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in a three man midfield.
The Italian side were also used to winning, and this season have just finished fourth, 16 points behind league winners AC Milan.
Giaccherini was quoted by TuttoJuve speaking to Gazzetta: “Pogba is certainly a good player, but we must be honest and say that it is also a question mark because we must first understand with what desire and what hunger he returns to Turin with.
“He must certainly re-rationalize because he has to start all over again in a reality that he knows well as a city, but that [a team] has changed a lot.
“And then it must be said that Paul’s last years at Manchester have not been so excellent at a footballing level.”
All the points made are valid, with this Juventus a tougher side to settle into, undergoing a similar transition to Manchester United, even if the coaching of Massimiliano Allegri will be familiar.
Juventus’ hopes will be pinned on Pogba, and this did not work out too well at Manchester United, where his re-signing was heralded as the start of an exciting new era.
Whether he has the same levels of motivation as he once did, is an open question. Pogba was determined to prove himself when he first signed for Juventus. Perhaps he will be determined to prove Manchester United wrong again, this time.
Giaccherini’s points about Pogba being ‘not so excellent’ is putting it mildly. After his outstanding opening day of the season against Leeds when he produced four assists, he has been largely woeful ever since.
His final game for United saw him limp off against Liverpool after just 10 minutes, a moment which will stick in the memory, summing up a lack of fight. It is best he moves on, but even at familiar surroundings of Juventus, there are no guarantees of success, not any more.