Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is still evaluating all of his options, 90min understands, despite reports in Italy suggesting a return to Juventus is progressing towards being agreed.
Pogba’s status as one of the best central midfielders in the world remains even though United’s on-field struggles have continued, and there’s huge interest in where he will end up next as he enters the final few months of his contract.
90min revealed in January that 28-year-old Pogba had still not decided his next career step, amid speculation that he’d already agreed to join Real Madrid, and that remains the case – despite fresh claims in Italy that suggest he’s closing on a return to Juventus.
It’s alleged that Juventus have laid on the table a four-year contract worth €12m per year – a base salary of €9m plus an additional €3m in bonuses – for Pogba to consider, in the hope that an agreement can be reached before the end of April.
However, it’s 90min’s understanding that Pogba is focusing on his football at United and their efforts to secure a Champions League place, and a decision on what he does next is unlikely to be made by then.
Juventus, with whom Pogba enjoyed a hugely successful four-year spell, have long been in the mix to sign him, but they are not the only side interested in taking him away from Old Trafford for a second time. Real Madrid remain interested in doing a deal and PSG are also keen to take him to Ligue 1.
All three clubs are able to negotiate a contract with Pogba now and talks have been held over the past few months – but an agreement is not close.
Indeed, Pogba has not ruled out staying at United and is intrigued to see who will arrive as their next permanent manager once Ralf Rangnick’s spell as interim boss comes to an end. 90min understands Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is currently the leading candidate ahead of PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.
He’s also insistent that the wages on offer will not be the determining factor once he makes up his mind, potentially rendering Juventus’ sizeable offer inconsequential.