Amid growing, seemingly never-ending, speculation of a world-record transfer move from Juventus to Manchester United Paul Pogba continues to enjoy his extended summer break and now the 23-year-old is in New York.
And it’s in the Big Apple where these cheeky youngsters bumped into Pogba and asked him whether he was staying at Juventus. Sadly for Manchester United fans the French international answered in the afirmative.
See for yourself below!
So there you have it. Does that end the speculation? Probably not.
Jose Mourinho certainly wants to welcome Pogba back to Manchester United and is ready to fork out over £100m to make that dream a reality and when Juventus forked out £75m to bring in Gonzalo Higuain many assumed this was due to the fact that the Serie A giants were about to get a massive sum from a big-money sale.
The transfer fee the Premier League side were supposedly set to pay Juventus was a world-record £112m fee and aside from this sum they must pay £25m to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.
The French international will pocket a massive £220k a week, after tax, over the course of a five-year contract as well as various bonuses, add-ons, leading to a truly astronomical outlay for a player Sir Alex Ferguson was willing to allow to leave for around £200k on expiry of his contract with the club back in the summer of 2012.
Pogba left Manchester United for Turin as a strong teenage prospect and has since matured into arguably the most sought after young player in world football, and as such he won’t come cheap.
The 23-year-old has won four Serie A titles in his four seasons in Italy and is on the up and up.
In 2014/15 Pogba played a key role in helping Juventus to a Champions League final berth, where they lost out to a rampant Barcelona, and last season he finished as the leading assist-maker in Serie A.
He had a decidedly average Euro 2016 campaign but arguably this is down chiefly to Didier Deschamps’ using him in a very defensive role that doesn’t best suit his game.
Pogba could offer Mourinho a natural link between midfield and attack and the player may feel he has a point to prove having failed to make the grade in his previous spell at Manchester United.