Paul Pogba’s name has emerged in transfer talks linking the midfielder with a potential return to Juventus. Sporting Director at Juventus, Fabio Paratici confirmed as much in a recent interview stating,
“A return? We have already discussed this many times.”
Paratici went on to praise Pogba as a player but remained noncommittal as to whether there is anything more than a surface-level interest from the Italian power.
Pogba played some of the best football of his career this summer helping France to World Cup gold, but has since been unable to carry that momentum forward into his play for Manchester United this season.
Pogba has seemed like a poor fit in Jose Mourinho’s system since nearly the beginning and things have only gotten progressively worse within the club over the last six months. The chemistry issues that have hamstrung the team’s success are seemingly always centered around Pogba’s attitude towards the team.
After the team’s recent draw at Southampton, the tension finally seemed to reach its boiling point as Mourinho called Pogba a “virus” to the team, embarrassing Pogba in front of the club.
Mourinho followed that up by benching Pogba and Lukaku against Arsenal, a move that seemed to spur the Red Devils into an inspiring effort in their mid-week draw to Arsenal. While they were unable to secure the three points, supporters of the club have to hope that this was the wake-up call that Manchester United needed and not just a dead-cat bounce.
Manchester United now quickly shift their attention to preparations for their match against Fulham this weekend at Old Trafford.
If the chemistry within the club doesn’t improve in Manchester in a hurry, I would expect the transfer rumors involving Pogba to only grow louder as the January transfer window is quickly approaching. Odds on a January exit are shortening with 9/2 available at SkyBet.
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