The Paul Pogba saga may have taken an important turn with the latest updates coming in from his pursuers. The Frenchman’s revelation that he was looking for a new challenge attracted interest from Real Madrid, Juventus, and PSG.
Manchester United allegedly maintained that the midfielder was not for sale and opted to slap a massive pricetag on him in order to dissuade the aforementioned clubs from making an approach.
However, one of those sides may not be in the market for the midfielder any longer.
As per reports in Italy (via Daily Mail), Juventus are likely to end their pursuits for Pogba after they finalize two crucial transfers.
The report holds that Matthijs De Ligt has been convinced to join the Serie A giants in a move expected to be worth upwards of £62.5 million while also nabbing an attractive wage package. Further, the side is also expected to sign Adrien Rabiot as a free agent.
The second transfer has a bigger bearing on the Pogba saga, as Juventus will no longer have to spend big on the Manchester United star after acquiring Rabiot. As of such, new gaffer Maurizio Sarri will have a decent squad with great depth without having to comply with Old Trafford’s pricetag.
This leaves Real Madrid as the most likely pursuers for Pogba. While Los Blancos have also spent big this summer and invested heavily in a squad overhaul, it isn’t unfathomable that they’ll go all the way and splash big for Pogba as well, who Zidane admires immensely.
De Ligt moving to the Old Lady will also end the tiny hope that United supporter held on acquiring the Dutchman as the solution to their defensive woes.
If Pogba does manage to force an exit this summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company will also have to go hunting for a player to replace him in addition for their other major pursuits this summer.