Juventus director Beppe Marotta has denied that Paul Pogba to Manchester United now almost done a deal and that’s certainly a major twist in the Pogba saga.
Reports in France claimed that a deal was in place for the French international to return to Old Trafford, while several other reports claimed successful talks had taken place on Wednesday.
But Marotta would not accept that any progress had been made and denied any contact with Man United at all.
“There is no contact with Manchester United for Pogba,” he told Football Italia.
“The situation is no different to when I spoke to you on Friday.”
Of course, it’s hard to know whether he is just keeping tight-lipped on the situation or whether he is being truthful.
There is such a wave of transfer rumours surrounding the 23-year-old that it’s hard to believe that no progress has been made.
But it may be the case that Juventus are still unhappy with the terms of the deal and are refusing to let him leave without a fight.
However, Gazzetta Dello Sport actually led their Tuesday edition with a stunning update on the Juventus midfielder, claiming that ‘the negotiation is now taking shape’ with his former club United, who he recently described as his “first family”.
Gazzetta claimed that ‘Pogba would be offered €12m per season on a five-year contract,’ with the remainder of the €140m representing the transfer fee. They brand it United’s ‘final attack’ for the midfielder.
If the two clubs can agree on a deal the Frenchman would become United’s fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. If a deal can be concluded Pogba would return to the club he left in 2012.