The Italian media will not let go of the idea Paul Pogba could return from Manchester United to Juventus. The rumour is far too attractive to simply dismiss and given Italians (perhaps rightly) assume anyone who has lived in the country must surely want to do so again, there’s a belief he’d be up for it.
Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta came out and rubbished the idea at the end of last month, in an interview in which he was rather more suggestive about other potential moves, but even that hasn’t stopped the claims.
Every day or so, Turin newspaper Tuttosport have an article on the possibility, but this time it’s Corriere dello Sport pushing things. The Manchester United player takes the front page, along with Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who Marotta also suggested was out of Juve’s price range for now.
Both potential signings are ‘dreams to handle with care’, and it’s claimed Pogba ‘is not very happy in Manchester’. After explaining how either player would be a ‘dream’ transfer, Corriere dello Sport then point out the economic realities.
Lazio’s asking price for Milinkovic-Savic is put at €200m, and whilst it’s thought that could drop to €100-120m, it’s also thought the club would rather sell outside of Italy.
Both are deemed as long shots, despite the front page and all the talking up of a deal. Juventus fans are said to be excited, but then they will be when Italian newspapers keep thrusting Pogba and Milinkovic-Savic forward as dreams which could become a reality.
There doesn’t seem anything for Manchester United to worry about. Yet.