An unlikely deal before the World Cup, the fractured nature of the France international’s relationship with Jose Mourinho offers the Bianconeri hope that a deal can still be reached.
The Portuguese spoke after the 4 – 1 thrashing by Liverpool, complaining bitterly about the youthful squad he was forced to take on the club’s USA tour. Repeatedly he told journalists that “half the players” won’t be with him when the Premier League season began.
While other coaches celebrated their young players, even in defeat, Mourinho crucified his.
The United boss observed that players who were on their holidays should cut them short to help the squad out. Romelu Lukaku, Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford all did just that; Pogba partied in Los Angeles before flying on to French Polynesia. No early homecoming for the France international.
The imminent closure of the English transfer window for purchases means Manchester United must act swiftly to sign a replacement.
Jose Mourinho, already at odds with chief executive Ed Woodward over the summer’s transfer strategy, will be livid if the World Cup winner leaves with no-one taking his place in the Red Devils squad.
The fly in the ointment, the report claims, is the situation of Miralem Pjanic, 28. Juventus need cash – Fiat workers criticised the Agnelli family for spending money on a player instead of the car company – but have yet to find a buyer at their €100m price tag.
The Croatian’s agent continues to pound European streets but to no avail. Will it be the end of the Turin dream for Pogba or is this just part of the transfer posturing?