If there is one team that has been somewhat starved from transfer rumours during this lull in football action, it’s Manchester United.
Normally one of the most prominent names in the European media, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been pushed to the background as other clubs take centre stage, but if there’s one player in their squad capable of making headlines by doing nothing, it’s Paul Pogba.
Actually, that’s a bit harsh, since he’s just quarantining like everybody else and trying to maintain some fitness in case the Premier League starts up again, but behind-the-scenes, his agent Mino Raiola is sending out a few missives around Europe.
That’s what Le10 Sport are reporting on Friday, claiming the Frenchman’s representative has ‘opened discussions’ with Juventus regarding his client.
It sounds more dramatic than it actually is, because even if Raiola and the Serie A champions may have ‘started a back and forth to try and study the different possibilities’ of Pogba’s return, it’s not that simple.
This comes after Florentino Pérez vetoed a move for the France international because he’s ‘not a fan’ of his and ‘doesn’t want to negotiate’ with his super agent.
And while Zinedine Zidane has made Pogba one of his priorities, he understands talks would be ‘complex’ and following their failed attempts to sign him last summer, they don’t seem up for giving it a second go this time around.
The biggest hurdle in all this remains Manchester United, who are ‘officially not a seller’.
They see Pogba as the centre piece of their project, but that doesn’t mean the player himself feels the same.
Le10 Sport explain the midfielder is ‘interested’ in a return to Juventus, and he is ‘attentively looking at the opportunities presented to him’ with a move to either Madrid or Turin described as ‘dreams’.
With rumours sending Miralem Pjanić to Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona and Adrien Rabiot to Arsenal and Everton, the Serie A side could have some funds to spend in the summer for a big transfer, but will it be enough?
That’s the big question, because United still hold all the power and aren’t in a rush to sell.