It doesn’t look like the second collaboration between Juventus and Paul Pogba is going to be a happy one. The midfielder has had a year full of injuries and can continue his career in Saudi Arabia. Juventus hopes for this and is already working on attracting a successor.
Juventus gives up with Pogba and is already talking to Barcelona about a successor
Thirty-year-old Pogba returned to Juventus last year, which the midfielder had previously sold to Manchester United for no less than 105 million euros. This made the Frenchman the most expensive player of all time at that time (the summer of 2016). Juventus brought him in on a free transfer after six English years and hoped to get the best out of Pogba again.
However, last season was a big disappointment. Pogba missed the entire first half of the season (and therefore also the World Cup with France) due to a knee injury and continued to struggle when he recovered. The midfielder only played six games in Serie A. He is still not one hundred percent fit and Juventus hopes to be able to say goodbye this summer. That being said, Pogba returned to training in Turin ahead of most others.
Pogba has a lucrative proposal from Al-Ahli in his pocket. The midfielder can sign for three years with the top club from Saudi Arabia and collect a hundred million euros there. Juventus is prepared to let Pogba go for a transfer fee of around ten million euros, La Gazzetta dello Sport knows.
Juventus is already eyeing a successor for Pogba. If it comes to a deal with Al-Ahli, Massimiliano Allegri would like to have Franck Kessié there. The 26-year-old midfielder switched from AC Milan to Barcelona last year, but is no longer needed there.
According to the Catalan newspaper SPORT, Juventus and Barcelona are already talking about Kessié. Barcelona has a transfer fee of around fifteen million euros in mind, it is claimed.
Earlier Teun Koopmeiners was also mentioned as an option for Juventus. However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, it is clear that Kessié is at the top of Allegri’s wish list.