Juventus keen to sign Paul Pogba in January but will not pay over £50m

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Dec 27, 2020, 6:15 PM GMT
Pogba could be on his way back to Juventus in January
Pogba could be on his way back to Juventus in January | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Juventus want to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United in January but are not willing to pay over £50m, according to reports.

Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for some time and it is highly likely he will finally depart the club in the next six months. His agent, Mino Raiola, recently gave an interview where he claimed his client was unhappy at United and would be seeking a transfer at the end of the season.

Pogba previously impressed for Juventus between 2012 and 2016
Pogba previously impressed for Juventus between 2012 and 2016 | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

However, if Juventus get their wish Pogba could leave Manchester even sooner. According to Eurosport, the Serie A champions are eager to bring their former player back to Turin next month, particularly as they know there will be more competition for his signature in the summer. Real Madrid have earmarked him as one of their top targets, alongside Eduardo Camavinga and Kylian Mbappe.

The main stumbling block in any Juve deal would be Pogba's significant wages. He is currently earning a similar amount to Juventus' top earner Cristiano Ronaldo and it is unlikely that the move would be sanctioned without the Old Lady freeing up some money with departures.

It is understood that Juve also feel that United have an unrealistic valuation of Pogba. The maximum they are willing to fork out is £50m, with a swap deal being preferred.

Recent reports suggest Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi could both be offered to the Red Devils in exchange for their wantway midfielder, who is personally said to be keen on the move. Juve would also consider a January loan deal with an obligation to buy at the end of the season.

Pogba has enjoyed a slow start to the season, managing just five, full 90 minutes in the Premier League and scoring just once in the process. In recent weeks, Scott McTominay and Fred have even been preferred to him behind the more attack-minded Bruno Fernandes in midfield.