The agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has hinted that the player could sign a new contract and stay with the club, instead of moving to Manchester United this summer.
Mino Raiola told The Times that his client was happy in Turin, despite constant speculation that he could move to former club Manchester for a world record fee of more than £100m. Real Madrid had also been interested, though recent reports have stated that they were ready to pull out of the race for the Frenchman as they were unable to match the asking price.
United had been made favourites to sign the player, though Pogba was believed to be keen initially on joining the European champions over his former club. And according to Raiola, the possibility of staying in Italy is a strong one – as Juve are ready to offer him an improved contract.
He said: “There is a lot of talk about Paul’s future, but maybe he will not leave Juventus.
“He is in no rush to leave, and Juventus do not want him to go. They want him to renew his contract. Paul is not desperate to move. We are very happy at Juventus and they are a club that want to keep their star players.”
United were believed to have been in contact with both Juve and the player, with basic terms with both Juventus and the player’s agent already reportedly agreed. United were hoping to speak to Pogba himself this week in order to convince him to return to Manchester – after he left the club for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012.
Jose Mourinho – who has already signed two of Raiola’s clients this summer in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – is believed to be set on making Pogba his fourth and final “essential” signing ahead of the new season, with possible supplementary deals to follow.
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