Juventus Eyeing January Loan for Paul Pogba as Man Utd Contract Nears Expiry

Robbie Copeland
Dec 13, 2020, 10:50 AM GMT
Pogba could be on the move in January
Pogba could be on the move in January | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Juventus have once again been linked with a move for Paul Pogba, with a report claiming the Turin club will approach Manchester United about an initial loan in January.

Pogba had spent much of the last two years angling for a move away from Old Trafford for a second time, but that looked to have died down, with the COVID-19 pandemic damaging the finances of Juve and Real Madrid - the two clubs who have registered genuine interest.

It had seemed as if he had put the situation to one side and was focused on success at Old Trafford, but things took a turn for the worse last week when his agent Mino Raiola declared his time at the club 'over.'

Now, it's being reported by The Mirror that Juventus do want to re-sign the player they sold for close to £100m in 2016 - but only if United are willing to sanction an initial loan.

Any deal would include an obligation to buy in the summer, but it remains to be seen if United are open to letting him go on a temporary basis. It may, however, represent their final opportunity to generate a substantial fee for the France midfielder, whose contract expires in 18 months.

Speaking on the situation, frustrated manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “You’ve got to ask Paul if he’s happy or not happy.

“I’m not going to speak for him. But Paul is focused on doing his best for the team when he’s here. He’s working hard in training and he just needs to focus on his performances.”

“As soon as Paul’s agent realises this is a team sport and we work together, the better. That’s probably the last thing I’ll say about that. I don’t want to spend energy on that.

"What we speak about in the background is something else and I’m not going to talk about Paul’s agent anymore.”