Juventus Imminent Signing of Pogba Is a Transfer Masterstroke

Paul Pogba is about to leave Manchester United again after six years, and Juventus are set to complete a transfer masterstroke by getting him back to Turin as a free agent, having sold him for a whopping €105M back in 2016. The Bianconeri have reached an agreement in principle with the French World Cup winner and the official contract is expected to be signed in the first week of July, Sky reports.

The 29-year-old is expected to ink either a four-year deal or a three-year contract with an option to extend it for another season. After months of speculation that involved a host of top European clubs, including Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, the Frenchman will return to the club where he first made a name for himself in the 2012/13 season.

Having graduated from Le Havre’s famed youth academy, Pogba joined United’s ranks as a youngster but ended up making just 7 appearances over the course of two seasons before he was shipped away to Juventus on a free transfer.

He scored 34 goals in 178 appearances for the Old Lady in four seasons, etching himself as a fan favorite, before making his way back to Old Trafford for a club-record fee when he was just 23. Despite the Red Devils offering him a 3.5% increase on his contract worth more than €300K per week, he decided not to extend his stay at his boyhood club, instead opting to head back to Italy where he experienced a fruitful spell.

Pogba leaves with just two trophies in six years – the UEFA Europa League and the EFL Cup in 2016/17 – unable to inspire the club to its former glories amid recurring injuries, poor form, and more importantly United’s off-field struggles. With Juventus, he won four successive Scudetti, along with two Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana accolades each.