Rumors of Paul Pogba potentially coming back to Juventus aren’t new, aren’t earth-shattering and aren’t exactly something that is even beyond Tuttosport’s always-wild imagination.
And they’re not going to slow down any time soon after what Pogba had to say in Tokyo on Sunday. From the mouth of Pogba himself:
“Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well.
“For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.
“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well ... I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
“I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
Ah, this is all very interesting, isn’t it?
The timing of this is all quite convenient seeing as Tuttosport — yes, Tuttosport — reported Sunday morning that Juventus VP Pavel Nedved has headed to Monte Carlo to talk with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. The idea behind the report is that Nedved will be talking to Raiola about two of the biggest names linked to Juventus in recent months — Pogba and Ajax center back Matthijs de Ligt.
But the fact that Pogba is openly talking about potentially leaving Manchester United and seeking a new challenge means that this summer transfer window could very well take another big-money turn for the eight-time defending Italian champions.
Obviously Pogba’s return home to Manchester hasn’t exactly gone the way all parties envisioned it when he left Turin three years ago. Be it the drama with Jose Mourinho or just the general inconsistency and lack of a title challenge by United overall, Pogba hasn’t even come close to having as much success as he did in Manchester as he did during his time in Turin with Juventus.
Does all of this mean we should be ready for Pogba 2.0 at Juventus? No, but the odds of a potential Pogba return to Turin just went up that much seeing as he’s talking about seeking a new challenge just as business will probably pick up on the summer transfer market.