Manchester United News: Pogba Wants January Exit

Juventus To Make Move In January?

Paul Pogba Manchester United
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will try and force through a move away from the club as early as January.

Reports from Italy claim Pogba wants a move back to his former club Juventus in January. That’s due to his deteriorating relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

But the chances of United agreeing to a move are slim to non-existent. Much depends on what happens over the next four months but the Red Devils are unlikely to sanction a mid-season move away from Old Trafford for any of their star players.

It also remains to be seen whether Juventus could afford the £100million or so that Pogba would inevitably cost. The Serie A side champions spent £105million on the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. A fee of a similar size for Pogba is unlikely to keep them within Uefa’s Financial Fair Play constraints. Juve’s move for one-time Manchester United transfer target, Lazio midfielder Sergey Milinkovic-Savic has been put on hold until next summer for that same reason.

Pogba was the subject of a bid from Barcelona in the summer that was rejected by United. The Catalan side are currently keeping tabs on his situation.

The France World Cup-winner remains in touch with his former Juventus team-mates and he will come up against them when United take on the Italian giants in this season’s Champions League. United host Juve on Tuesday 23 October before travelling to Turin for the return on 7 November.

Mourinho ‘Nixed Ronaldo Return’

The Champions League draw also means an Old Trafford return for Cristiano Ronaldo who moved to Juventus this summer.

Reports today claim that United boss Jose Mourinho told the club’s board not to sign the Portugese legend.

The Sunday Mirror claims that the club-record transfer fee plus Ronaldo’s £500,000-a-week wages made no sense and he urged the board not to make a move.

However, both Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward were thinking along the same lines. Woodward was mindful of Ronaldo’s cost and how long United would get out of half-million a week for a player who is now 33 years old.

Woodward did consider a move for Ronaldo a few years ago but he wasn’t interested in a move away from Real Madrid.

With United off the scene and the only other possibility – Paris Saint-Germain – facing the possibility of Financial Fair Play sanctions that left only Juventus or a move to China for Ronaldo this summer.