Paul Pogba’s homecoming at Juventus isn’t going as he would’ve hoped when he elected to depart Manchester United on a free transfer for the second time in his career.
The Frenchman ran down his contract at Old Trafford last summer and returned to the Old Lady to play Champions League football and challenge for major titles with the club where he won four league titles between 2012 and 2016.
Things are different in Turin now, with Juventus a shadow of its glory days during Pogba’s first spell. They sit 13th in the Serie A table after a disastrous start to the campaign largely due to a 15 points deduction from FIGC for alleged financial irregularities. Further, a no-show from star performers in the Champions League has plunged the club into the Europa League.
Off-the-pitch issues are obviously out of the control of the players, but in the case of Pogba, he hasn’t been able to influence his side’s fortunes on the field either, leading to growing frustrations from the hierarchy as well as fans, who are allegedly not best pleased with the 29-year-old’s fitness record and his social media activity.
Pogba is yet to play a single minute for Juventus, with his only involvement in a matchday squad coming as an unused substitute in his side’s 2-0 defeat by Monza last weekend. It was anticipated he’d feature for the club this week, but an injury setback means the Juve faithful will have to wait longer to see him in black and white colours once again.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via the Daily Mail), Juventus are tired of waiting for their marquee summer arrival, for whom they committed to pay over £30m in wages across four years.
His future at Juventus is understood to be in serious doubt, with the termination of his four-year contract “no longer an impossible scenario”. There’s also a mention of the possibility of shipping him to a less competitive league like the MLS.
Pogba, who ended his time in England after limping out of United’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in April 2022, will hope to return to full fitness and make himself available to Allegri as soon as possible to ensure his second innings in Juventus is remembered as fondly as his first.