Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Can Manchester United prise Pogba away from Juventus?

Betting: Can Manchester United prise Pogba away from Juventus?
Although widely expected to move to Old Trafford this summer, the Frenchman's agent has suggested he may instead prefer to sign new contract with the Italian champions.

Having to some extent looked like a foregone conclusion, Paul Pogba’s rumoured move to Manchester United has been thrown into uncertainty by comments from his agent.
After already facilitating the moves of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford this summer, Mino Raiola appeared set to further bolster his bank balance by negotiating a £100 million return to his former club for the France midfielder.
However, with Raiola now suggesting his client is in ‘no rush’ to leave Juventus and may yet renew his contract with the Italian champions, Skybet have slashed odds on him staying in Italy to 5/6 (1.83) – having been as long as 7/1 (8.00) only recently.

While it may turn out to be a mere bargaining strategy, the news will still come as a blow to Jose Mourinho, who appeared to have a clear run at the 23-year-old after Real Madrid allegedly pulled out of the race due to his hefty price tag.
Previously priced at just 2/5 (1.40) to complete a deal, the Red Devils can now be backed at 5/6 (1.83) to recapture a player who left on a free transfer four years ago due to limited opportunities in the first XI.
This uncertainty should seem worryingly familiar to Manchester United fans, who have seen their club miss out on high profile deals for Toni Kroos and Renato Sanches in recent seasons.

Another failure in the transfer market would certainly cast more of a shadow over executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has come in for serious criticism due to his perceived inadequacy in recruiting star players.
With a generous new contract reportedly on the table in Turin, Pogba is sure to leave one set of supporters bitterly disappointed in what is likely to become the major transfer saga of the summer.
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