Juventus are increasingly confident they are in the final stages of securing a three-year deal for Paul Pogba which will place him in their top-earning player group.
Sky sports news was told the Serie A side have been given oral assurances that the midfielder will rejoin them as a free agent following his departure from Manchester United.
Negotiations with Rafaela Pimenta, who has represented Pobga since Mino Raiola’s death, went smoothly.
She has been an attorney at the late agent’s law firm for nearly two decades, evaluating requested changes to the offered contract prior to a closing meeting.
Barring what Juve believe is an unimaginable change of heart from Pogba, the club are optimistic all formalities will be settled soon, despite Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid engaging in dialogue with his camp.
It’s been suggested an announcement could follow on from the Amazon Prime film about the France international, titled The Pogumentary, which airs on June 17.
Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri is said to have been pivotal in the 29-year-old’s decision, not only having unlocked Pogba’s best football in the past but also providing a clear plan on how to maximize his skills again.
Aside from the tactical and technical pitch, Juve played to the advantage of having an emotional attraction to the man, for whom they paid a then-world-record fee of £93m (including add-ons) when he joined United in 2016.
Pogba won four Scudetti in four years with the Bianconeri and has sold a happy homecoming and pivotal status for the club rediscovering national and European glory.
Juve were also the most solid in their approach as Real and PSG weren’t “as actively following” the player as both were distracted by the more pressing situation with Kylian Mbappe. However, the latter are said to have submitted a formal proposal.
It was Manchester City that rivaled Juve in terms of the seriousness of their push. Pep Guardiola faced Pogba and the club drew up a lucrative deal to show their willingness to sign him.
The world champion, who is currently on holiday in Miami, may have considered joining rivals United for footballing reasons but felt the noise and hate that it would involve wasn’t worth it.
A fresh start, albeit on old ground, was seemingly seen as the better all-around choice.
Pogba at Man Utd: Badly managed or a mistake?
It’s summer 2016. Jose Mourinho is the manager of Manchester United and the club just broke the world transfer record. A Frenchman has returned to Old Trafford with unfinished business.
“This is the right club for me to get everything I hope for in the game,” said Paul Pogba after completing his £89m move from Juventus to United.
“He has a chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond,” Mourinho added.
It was a deal that caused a social media frenzy. Pogba’s announcement video emerged from the shadows with a red devil in his hair, followed by a sponsored music clip featuring Stormzy. The #POGBACK hype had begun.
It should be the beginning of something special. A new era for a club still struggling to gain a foothold after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement three years ago.
But Pogba failed to inspire United to earlier glory. The 2017 League Cup and Europa League are the only trophies of his six-year tenure.
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