Paul Pogba is close to returning to Juventus when his Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season, according to reports in Italy.
Pogba’s contract situation has rumbled on throughout the season, and he looks close to making a decision on his next destination.
Gazzetta Dello Sport claim that the finishing touches are being put on a three-year contract which would take him back to Turin.
Pogba’s last appearance for United was in the 4-0 defeat at Anfield and there is no indication he will play against Crystal Palace tomorrow.
Pogba close to Juventus return
Their report reads: “Pogba-Juve: it’s done.
“(Juventus manager Max) Allegri and the project have been decisive in the choice of the French international.
“Once the last doubts have been sorted, the midfielder has decided: ready to sign a three-year contract, a contract of 7.5 million euros (£6.4 million) per year plus bonuses up to 10 million euros (£8.5 million), to finalise the last details.
“The heart always wins. The last time Paul Pogba was in Turin was autumn, the Nations League semi-final with Belgium launched yet another message of love to the Juventus fans: “I always talk to my former teammates – he said -, but now I am in Manchester and I still have a year of contract, then we’ll see. In Turin, however, I’m fine.”
It should be added that ESPN claim that Pogba is considering an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and the Juventus deal is not as close as the Italian press are indicating.
Pogba was booed in his last Old Trafford appearance, the 3-2 win over Norwich, as the United match-going fans made their feelings clear.
There were reports that a contract offer remained on the table for Pogba, but it is the right decision for everyone concerned that he has not signed an extension.
Pogba needs to go somewhere else and try and show some of the talent he has not put to use on a consistent basis for United since 2016.
And United need to move on, away from the culture of the overpaid superstar and towards a clear, hard-working philosophy with everyone pulling in the right direction.