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Report: Paul Pogba remains Juventus’ ‘dream’ summer signing


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In case you haven’t been around these parts for the last year or two, Juventus’ midfield is still in need of a major upgrade despite plenty of money — in annual salaries, mostly — being spent on the center of the park.

And it’s not exactly a secret these days that a possible reunion with Paul Pogba is something the club will consider if the price is right.

That price will be a lot.

Which is probably why Pogba is considered the “dream” summer signing rather than the completely obtainable as compared to some of the other names that have been linked with Juventus over the past couple of months.

That “dream” scenario where Pogba makes his way back back to Turin is what Sky Sport Italia regarded it as on Sunday night. The biggest caveat, according to Sky Italia, would obviously be the financial obligations that would have to put forward both in terms of a transfer fee and then an annual salary that would have Pogba be the second-highest paid player at the club behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to Sky Italia’s report, Pogba earns around €14 million per season at Manchester United.

Bringing in somebody like Pogba would mean a number of things and would have a number of dominos fall as a result of such a high-profile acquisition.

  • For one, it would be the third straight summer where Juventus made easily one of the biggest signings of the transfer window after acquiring Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
  • What it would mean to some of the midfielders on the current roster, especially somebody like Miralem Pjanic who still has a quality market value but obviously has struggled for much of the 2019-20 season.
  • What Juventus would have to do beside offloading somebody to make sure the club is in compliance with Financial Fair Play.
  • And, since we are in the current times we are in, how much would the Serie A season not coming back due to coronavirus have an impact on Juve’s financial situation?

Of course, signing Pogba isn’t the kind of deal where Juve can just bring in such a big-money player and not have any kind of other changes happen on the roster. Not for the price on both the salary and transfer fee numbers that would likely make it all possible. It’s not as easy as “That’s that!” once he puts any kind of signature on the contract.

This seems like only the beginning of a potential return to Turin rather than some far-fetched idea that the Italian press is just doing to be the typical Italian press. If there ever is a summer where Juventus need a signing like Pogba to add to the midfield, it is this one.