Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly hoping Manchester United agree to a January loan to buy deal for midfielder Paul Pogba.
Pogba, 27, rejoined United in 2016 from Juventus, four-years after leaving the Reds’ youth academy in-favour of the Italian giants.
The Reds’ decision to bring the French World Cup winner back to Old Trafford cost the club a whopping £94.5m, despite letting him leave four-years prior for virtually nothing, as per Transfermarkt.
However, an up and down spell back with United’s senior first-team has seen the French midfielder come under patches of intense criticism. A string of inconsistent performances have meant the playmaker has failed to live up to his eye-watering price-tag.
The latest in the ongoing saga surrounding United’s 27-year-old came earlier this week when his super-agent Mino Raiola shockingly declared that his client’s time at Old Trafford was ‘over’ and revealed that the Frenchman was ‘unhappy’, as per BBC Sport.
Despite addressing the recent media frenzy in a social media post after Saturday’s snooze-fest Manchester derby which ended 0-0, Pogba’s long-term continues to be speculated.
According to a recent report from the Mirror, Juventus are set to up their interest in bringing the Frenchman back to Italy in January when they will offer United the chance to let their star leave, initially on loan, with a view to the move becoming permanent next summer.
The Mirror also claim that alongside Juventus are Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain who are monitoring the Frenchman’s situation.
However, given the financial implications the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having, it is tough to expect the Reds to be able to recoup anywhere near what they splashed out on Pogba four-years ago.
Should United reject the option to allow Pogba to leave on loan followed up by a mandatory transfer fee six-months later, the club will run the risk of seeing one of their most expensive assets depart for free.