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Juventus plotting cheeky Paul Pogba Man Utd transfer bid in January as ace pushes for exit

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Juventus are plotting a cheeky bid to land Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba for nothing in the January transfer window. Speculation over Pogba’s future has been ramped up after his agent Mino Raiola said the France star’s career at the Premier League giants was ‘over’.

Juventus banked £89million from Pogba’s return to Old Trafford in 2016, having paid just £800,000 in compensation to land him from United four years before that.

The Red Devils wanted £150m for the World Cup winner when he was linked with Real Madrid during the summer of 2019.

But Pogba’s value has dropped since then, with the 27-year-old having failed to reproduce his best form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

And now Juventus want to secure his services for free by taking him on loan for the rest of the season, according to The Mirror.

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However, the deal being proposed would include an obligation to buy in the summer – effectively making it a buy-now-pay-later deal for the Serie A giants.

Pogba looks set to leave United after Raiola made it clear he would not be signing a contract extension – with his current deal set to end in 2022.

That means the Old Trafford side have the next two transfer windows to extract the best possible value from the wantaway star.

And Juventus are hoping to beat the competition for Pogba’s signature, with Madrid and PSG also believed to be monitoring his situation.

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Meanwhile, Pogba distanced himself from his agent’s comments on Saturday evening, telling fans on Instagram that he plans to remain with United for the foreseeable future.

“I’ve always fought and will always fight for Manchester United, my teammates and the fans,” he wrote after playing in United’s 0-0 draw against Manchester City at Old Trafford.

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“Bla bla is not important. The future is far, today is what matters and I am 1000% involved! Always strong together.. all has been clear between the club and myself and that will never change.

“When you don’t know what’s going on inside, don’t talk,” he added.

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