Juventus hope Manchester United will allow Paul Pogba to return to Turin next month – on loan.
The Italian giants banked £89million from Pogba’s move to Old Trafford in 2016 after paying United just £800,000 in compensation when they signed him four years earlier.
And they are now lining up a cheeky offer to get the 27-year-old French midfielder back for nothing in the New Year – although the deal would include an obligation to buy in the summer.
United valued Pogba at £150million when the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, started courting interest from Real Madrid two years ago.
But they were recently forced to trigger a one-year extension in Pogba’s £300,000-a-week contract to protect his dwindling market value.
Raiola has made it clear the midfielder will not be signing an extension.
“Paul is unhappy with Man United as he is no longer able to express himself in the way that he would like and as he is expected to.
“Paul needs a new team, a change of air. He is under contract for the next 18 months and it will expire in the summer of 2022.
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“However, I think that the best solution for both Pogba and Man United is that he goes in the next transfer window.
“If not, the Old Trafford club know that they risk losing him on a free transfer as it is not Paul’s intention to extend his contract.
“Manchester United board know the risk losing Pogba for free given the player has no intention of extending.”
And United know they will now be lucky to recoup most of the club-record fee they paid for the World Cup winner.
Madrid and Paris St Germain are also monitoring Pogba’s deteriorating relationship with his club.
But Juventus are weighing up an offer when the transfer window opens in the New Year – and hope a buy-now-pay-later deal will appeal to United.