Juventus break Paul Pogba silence over ‘paying’ Man Utd fee to secure return

Juventus have hinted they could launch an offer to re-sign Paul Pogba following agent Mino Raiola’s claim it is “over” for his client at Manchester United.

Pogba, 27, was dropped to the bench in United’s 3-2 Champions League defeat away at RB Leipzig on Tuesday night, a result which dumped them out of the competition at the group stage.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to leave the £89million midfielder out came after Raiola, who has regularly angled for his client to leave Old Trafford in the past, claimed his time in Manchester is coming to an end.

It has been just over four years since Pogba left Juve to seal a sensational return to United, and the Italian champions are now being touted as candidates to re-sign him.

Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici has dropped a major hint they could submit an offer, with sports journalist Fabrizio Romano quoting him as saying: “Pogba back to Juve? We love Paul, he’s an amazing player but he’s playing for Manchester United now.

“He’ll not be a free agent, you’ve to pay if you want to sign Pogba…”

Paratici then added: “We know so well the value of Paul Pogba. We also know his price, so we will see what happens”.

Pogba has made 171 appearances since returning to United in 2016, having played seven times for the club before leaving to join Juve in 2012.

The France ace has failed to live up to expectations, nonetheless, despite heading back to Manchester in a then-world-record deal worth £89million.

Raiola has made a habit of expressing his desire for Pogba to leave Old Trafford in recent years, which appears to be irking Solskjaer.

The United boss said after their defeat at Leipzig: “As soon as Pogba's agent realises it is a team sport the better.

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“I don’t want to spend energy on that.

“You have to ask Paul if he is happy or not, I’m not going to speak for him.

“Paul is focused on doing his best for the team”.

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