Juventus starlet Pogba could return to England but not to Old Trafford.
There have been some developments in the future of Juventus ace Paul Pogba as the midfielder refuses to move back to Manchester United, reports the Independent.
The Frenchman spent three years at Old Trafford after joining from Le Havre’s youth academy, but only played seven first team matches for the club in that time.
It was believed that Sir Alex Ferguson had doubts over the capabilities of Pogba and it was this lack of opportunities that eventually convinced the 20-year-old to leave for Italy in the summer of 2012.
Since arriving at Juve the France international has been something of a revelation and is an established first team star and has already played 63 matches in all competitions – scoring 11 goals and providing nine assists.
Pogba won the Serie A title during the youngster’s first year in Turin and due to this success has now earned seven caps for the national team and has a transfer value that has rocketed to around £40m.
With the Red Devils now struggling for talent in midfield the Manchester Evening News says that the Premier League champions are preparing a swoop for the starlet.
Yet Pogba’s feelings towards the club are clearly far from positive.
“I didn’t want to sign a contract as Ferguson didn’t play me, even though there were no midfielders there,” the former United man told the Times in February 2013.
“It was his choice. I couldn’t do anything about it. I was frustrated because he spoke to me a few times and said I was nearly there.
“I told him ‘If I don’t play then I can’t get any experience and see how far I have to go’.”
Although Pogba has not ruled out a return to England, it seems to be Arsenal that the midfielder would choose, according to La Repubblica.
It’s worth noting that the Italian publication is hardly renowned for transfer stories that have substance, but the logic of Gunners manager Arsene Wenger signing young, French talent is there.
Whether or not the north London club need another player in the centre of the park – with the likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere already at the Emirates Stadium – is another matter though.
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