Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is set to tell his employers that he wishes to leave the club in order to further his career once he returns from the European Championships in France, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The Turin club, who are planning to challenge for the Champions League next season, have stated their unwillingness to allow Pogba to leave the club regardless of the amount of money offered for the player.
Higher-ups at the club have said that they will refuse offers of £85m for the player, and would require the France international to publicly state that he wishes to leave in order to appease the Juve fans.
Manchester United are preparing a bid thought to be in the region of £106m for the player they let leave Old Trafford. Real Madrid also maintain that they are still in the race to secure Pogba’s signature.
The Serie A champions are also in a fight to keep another key player in their Italian international defender Leonardo Bonucci.
Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte, managers of Manchester City and Chelsea respectively, are both long-time admirers of the 29-year-old and could be looking to bring the centre-back to the Premier League.
Juventus have said that Bonucci is “untransferable”, but his agent Alessandro Lucci is expected to hold discussions with City and Chelsea in the coming days to establish how much they would be willing to offer.
Chelsea know of Juventus’ interest in Oscar and Nemanja Matic plus want to strike a permanent deal for Juan Cuadrado, all of which may be used as a bargaining chip during transfer negotiations.