Manchester United and Juventus officials are currently locked away in a room somewhere thrashing out the finer details in what is expected to be a world record transfer fee for Paul Pogba.
While everyone already assumes the 23 year old Frenchman will be a United player before the start of the new season next month, the only official position we have to go on is a rejected initial offer from the Old Trafford club.
José Mourinho is remaining tight lipped on any deal for Pogba but concedes in a BBC Sport interview,
“I am not going to try to make you naive and believe that we are not trying for one player”
Now however, in a very telling move, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, has publicly spoken of his plans for a future without Pogba at the club, as reported by the Express.
Speaking in Australia at a press conference for his side’s pre-season tour, Allegri stated,
“Right now he’s still a Juventus player. We don’t know what will happen in the course of the next week, but we’re confident.”
“At the end of the transfer window we’ll have a very strong team. Dani Alves, (Medhi) Benatia, (Miralem) Pjanic and (Marko) Pjaca have all arrived.When the window closes the team will be very strong”
It goes without saying that Allegri is keen for the France international to remain in Turin but given the acquisitions during the summer and with Juventus also reportedly interested Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, it is clear that Allegri is planning for a future without his start midfielder.
With Real Mardid exercising their buy-back clause on striker Alvaro Morato and the potential loss of Pogba, the Juve boss’ signings and targets all suggest he needs attacking options up front. The vast amount of money that will come with the Pogba deal thus makes it clear how Allegri might afford the likes of Lukaku and Sanchez.
For now, we wait on official word but given the words we have been hearing from both Mourinho and Allegri, it won’t be a long one.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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