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Juventus are reportedly preparing to make a move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba next summer, with the Serie A giants hopeful the fact that the midfielder’s contract is due to expire in 2022 will drive down United’s asking price. Juventus have been heavily linked with Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola has claimed the Frenchman could be on the move in the summer.

Speaking in December, Raiola told Tuttosport: “I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United.

“Paul is unhappy with Man Utd as he is no longer able to express himself in the way that he would like and as he is expected to. Paul needs a new team, a change of air.”

Raiola later clarified that a January switch was unlikely, telling Tuttosport at the Golden Boy Awards: “When it comes to him in England they are sensitive, perhaps too sensitive.

“In January, the big players hardly move, then in the summer let’s see what happens.”

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Pogba has since begun to feature more regularly, starting United’s last three Premier League games and contributing a goal and an assist as the Red Devils won all three fixtures.

He has helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side go top of the table but, with his contract due to expire next summer, his future is still up in the air.

Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, writing for Calciomercato, claims that Pogba’s former club Juventus are lining up a summer swoop for the 27-year-old.

The report notes that Juventus believe United will be forced to lower their asking price to ensure they cash in on Pogba before his contract expxires.

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It is also claimed that Juventus are hopeful United will be more open to a player-plus-cash deal, with the Red Devils previously rejecting proposals involving Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Douglas Costa and Miralem Pjanic.

Despite the uncertainty about his future at Old Trafford, Pogba remains focused on United’s title challenge, telling Sky Sports: “That’s why I came here. That’s why I came back here. It was to go and win.

“Obviously when you come you want to win straight away. But things happen. You try to build, and sometimes things happen you didn’t expect, but it’s for a good reason.

“Maybe this year we can win it, who knows? It made us improve, know about ourselves, get more experience, so everything happened for a reason.

“In my head you always want to win the first year, second year, the third year, but it’s not as easy as it seems. You have teams that have been great as well, our neighbours have been great, everyone is building teams, buying top players, so obviously this league is the best league in the world, and you know it’s not going to be easy.

“I’ve been feeling very good, myself, physically and mentally as well. And I’ve been playing, and when you play you get your form. It’s a huge difference when you start one game, and don’t play the other one, or if you don’t play for a few games.

“The team always help the players to be in good form, so the team has been playing very well, helping me and trusting me, with the staff too.

“So I just have to focus on myself and give my best on the pitch. In the left, the right, the middle, striker, defender, wherever I am on the pitch I give my best, that’s all I can do for my team.”

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