Paratici (Juve Director) confirms that Juventus have prepared for replacements for Pogba & Bonucci [football italia] pic.twitter.com/CpdAPcNEqW
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) July 16, 2016
The ongoing summer transfer window has largely been overshadowed by just a single major transfer story – the one involving Paul Pogba.
Pogba was initially linked with big-money moves to Spanish Giants FC Barcelona as well as Real Madrid, but at present, it looks like his boyhood club Manchester United are the sole contenders in the race for his signature.
The France international is being linked with a sensational return to Manchester, which will involve a world transfer record-breaking fee.
As per numerous rumours, the Red Devils are willing to make an offer worth £85 million for their youth academy graduate. But if the add-ons, bonuses, and agent Mino Raiola’s fees are taken into consideration, the net amount United will be spending in the entire Pogba deal will be north of £105 million – thereby surpassing the £86 million Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale back in 2013.
And according to The Sun‘s latest report, Paul Pogba is set to complete his Manchester United transfer by this weekend, and get the medical done by the upcoming Tuesday!
However, a drastically contradictory story has now emerged, which completely invalidates The Sun‘s report.
As per Goal, Juventus’ Director General Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that there has been absolutely no contact between the 20-time English Champions and the reigning Italian Champions, regarding a potential deal for the 23-year-old.
These comments were made by Marotta during an appearance on the Italian TV, thereby dismissing all the speculation about the star midfielder’s massive transfer.
But funnily enough, Marotta’s comments have been countered by his fellow club man, Fabio Paratici.
Paratici, the Sporting Director of the Turin club, recently confirmed that the club was looking for replacements for two of their star players. He was quoted as saying: “We have Bonucci and Pogba who are highly sought-after by many clubs, and we’ve prepared for eventual replacements.”
Does this mean one of the two directors are being untruthful? Or is some club other than Manchester United set to sign the France international? Only time will tell.