Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United and is targeting a return to Juventus, according to reports in Italy.
The 25-year-old was one of the stars of the World Cup this summer and played a key role in France winning the tournament in Russia.
But at club level, Pogba struggled to register consistent performances for United last season and his displays were criticised by Jose Mourinho.
The report claims that the Serie A champions’ decision to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for €100 million (£88.5m) is one of the driving forces behind Pogba’s desire to move back to Italy.
Pogba spent four seasons at Juve after being allowed to leave Manchester United on a free transfer. The France international quickly rose to prominence and helped Juve win four Serie A titles as well as the Coppa Italia on two occasions.
United then took the decision to re-sign Pogba for £89m two years ago. But Pogba’s consistency at Old Trafford has been lacking, while reports earlier this year claimed that the midfielder and Mourinho clashed in the dressing room.
During France’s World Cup celebrations on Sunday evening, Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi urged Pogba to return to Juventus this summer.
‘Remember to come to Juventus,’ Matuidi told his France teammate during a live video on Instagram. Pogba replied with a smile saying: ‘Ooh, the Old Lady, the Old Lady.’
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