Paul Pogba transfer rumors have been a constant nuisance in our lives for the past 18 months. They're here, every single day, mostly annoying the hell out of us. If you pull up a Google News search for "Paul Pogba transfer," you will get over 600,000 different results ranging from Pogba is leaving tomorrow to he's already been sold. OVER SIX-HUNDRED THOUSAND, PEOPLE.
And every single time Pogba's name is brought up around Beppe Marotta, the answer is essential the same as it has been since the first comments he made: "He is not for sale." Five simple words, nothing else is needed. That's the way Marotta rolls, and we're just here to listen to one of the main men behind Juve's roster construction do his thing.
It wasn't any different when Marotta spoke to the Corriere dello Sport. You want another reminder from Marotta that Pogba — the player that so many people think is leaving Turin this summer — isn't for sale? Well, here you go. Glad we could be of service.
"Pogba is a player who several teams have asked about, but we have not adhered to any negotiation because we consider him fundamental to our project. The player is off the market if he doesn't say he wants to leave. The will of the player is fundamental in football and it will be for Pogba as well. I repeat, we do not want to sell Pogba and he said today that [he] will not leave. If in the future he shows the desire to leave us, we must support him while protecting our financial interests."
Sorry, Manchester City.
Sorry, Real Madrid.
Sorry, Paris Saint-Germain.
Sorry, everybody else who might be interested in signing Paul Pogba.
(Except maybe not totally sorry because Juventus still has Pogba, but you know what I mean.)
One might worry if Marotta would change his tune even in the slightest when it comes to Pogba's future at the club. But, the thing is, he hasn't — at all. When Marotta speaks about Pogba's immediate future at the club, especially in these summer months when the transfer talk gets ratcheted up a couple hundred notches, is it always about how the Frenchman is staying right where he is. It's never the other way around or anything close to it.
In a nutshell, Marotta is about as honest and open as he is a shrewd businessman on the transfer market. And you know what that gets him? The benefit of the doubt for one. That applies to just about every time he's said Pogba is not for sale and that the player's desire will dictate the situation. Juventus don't want to tsell, Pogba doesn't want to leave, therefore Paul and his wide variety of mohawk haircuts will continue to wear black and white stripes.