Juventus ‘interested in bringing Paul Pogba back from Man United’ in reunion with new coach Max Allegri… but Italian giants ‘would need to sell Cristiano Ronaldo’ to afford French star’s £90m price tag this summer
- Paul Pogba has only one season left on his contract with Manchester United
- French midfielder hasn’t provided a concrete indication he will stay at the club
- Juventus would reportedly be interested in bringing him back for second spell
- But Italian club wouldn’t be able to afford his £90million asking price this year
- They would have to offload Cristiano Ronaldo to make a deal possible
Juventus are ‘open to the idea of bringing Paul Pogba back from Manchester United this summer but would have to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to afford him’.
New manager Massimiliano Allegri knows he needs to rebuild the midfield to restore Juventus to title winners in Italy.
And France midfielder Pogba, who spent four successful seasons at Juventus between 2012 and 2016, including two under Allegri’s management, is certainly in their thoughts.
Paul Pogba has just one year remaining on his Manchester United contract and the club would have to sell him this summer to get maximum value if he doesn’t wish to stay
Reports in Italy have raised the possibility of a reunion with incoming Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri. The pair are pictured celebrating a 2015 Italian Cup win
But, as Italian website Calcio Mercato report, the Turin club would have to offload Ronaldo in order to finance Pogba’s return.
Pogba, 28, has only one year left on his United contract and hasn’t shown too many indications that he will extend it.
Despite this, his asking price would still be around the £90million mark and that is beyond Juventus in the present economic climate.
Calcio Mercato suggest a potential swap that would see Ronaldo return to Old Trafford as leverage in the deal is ‘no longer a fantasy.’
They say the close relationship between Pogba and Allegri, which saw them win two league and cup doubles at Juventus, could make a return to Italy an attractive option.
Juventus would reportedly have to wave goodbye to Cristiano Ronaldo to afford a Pogba deal
Allegri has returned to the Turin club and knows a considerable team overhaul is required
Pogba ended the season trophyless after United crashed to a penalty shoot-out defeat to Villarreal in last week’s Europa League final in Gdansk.
Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have made progress in recent months and were briefly in Premier League title contention at the start of the year, they remain in a rebuilding phase themselves.
Pogba scored six goals and contributed nine assists in probably his best season in a United shirt, with the midfielder finally looking settled at United.
A good season for Pogba ended in disappointment as United lost the Europa League final
The midfielder celebrates Antoine Griezmann’s goal in Wednesday’s friendly win over Wales
Ronaldo, 36, meanwhile scored 36 goals for Juventus in another sensational season.
But they could only finish fourth in Serie A as Inter Milan won the title and manager Andrea Pirlo was sacked as a result, with Allegri restored after two years away.