Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has admitted I Bianconeri 'love Paul Pogba very much' after super-agent Mino Raiola declared the Frenchman was ready to leave Old Trafford in the upcoming transfer window.
The 27-year-old is strongly admired in Turin, having left the Red Devils in 2012 to join the Old Lady. He spent four successful years with the Italian giants, before returning to United in 2016 in a deal worth around £90m.
It appears his former employers are entertaining the possibility of bringing him back to Serie A. Speaking to Italian outlet Mediaset, Paratici initially played down rumours of a return for Pogba, claiming 'it'd be rather costly', but did admit the club 'love him very much'.
“That is not the right question, I think it’d be rather costly. We love him very much, we know he is a great player, but right now he is at Manchester United,”the Bianconeri man explained.
Pogba has regularly been linked with moves away from United in recent windows, with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Juve often tipped as his next destination. And he has now officially been put in the shop window.
Super-agent Raiola announced on Monday Pogba was 'unhappy' and is 'no longer able to express himself in the way that he would like and as he is expected to,' placing his client on the market for the January transfer window.
This news arrived only a day prior to United's decisive Champions League tie with RB Leipzig, causing many to criticise the timing and motives of the midfielder's representative. He started the game in Germany as a substitute, but was introduced into action with the Red Devils 3-0 down.
The Frenchman almost inspired a dramatic comeback, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men fell short, dropping into the Europa League with a 3-2 defeat.
The Norwegian coach was also questioned over Pogba's future and claimed 'Paul is focused on doing his best for the team', while hitting out at agent Raiola over his part on this fiasco.
“As soon as Pogba's agent realises it is a team sport the better. I don’t want to spend energy on that.
"You have to ask Paul if he is happy or not, I’m not going to speak for him. Paul is focused on doing his best for the team.”