Juventus director makes transfer declaration over "fantastic" Paul Pogba

Juventus director Fabio Paratici has talked up his club's chances of landing Paul Pogba in the transfer market.

The France international has long been linked with a return to the Old Lady.

With every passing transfer window, there have been strong reports that Juve are looking to sign Pogba back from Manchester United.

The 27-year-old left the Italian club four years ago in a world-record deal worth £89m.

And Pogba has flirted with a return while Juve chiefs have spoken out on their admiration for the midfielder.

Now Paratici has talked up their chances amid the current financial climate as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

He said: "Paul Pogba as our target? In this moment he's a Man Utd player, it's difficult to think about transfers.

"We love Pogba, he's a fantastic player but it's too early to talk about our targets for the future".

The World Cup winner has had a tough season to date, taking on a bit-part role as United toil under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

His latest appearance came in an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir with Pogba coming on off the bench.

But he could not change the scoreline as the pressure ramped up on Solskjaer.

And former United assistant Rene Meulensteen was damning on his verdict of the player he used to coach as a youngster.

He said: “Paul has been class [in the past] and don’t get me wrong, it’s not a criticism, it’s an observation and an opinion.

“I don’t think at this moment in time the performances that he’s produced warrant that title [of being world class].

“I think he needs to bring a lot more to Manchester United.

"If you ran a poll with Manchester United and you say Paul Scholes in his prime or Paul Pogba in his prime, you have to choose one of them, who would you put in your midfield? I think the answer is quite simple.

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“I’m not saying he cannot be world class, but you would want him to bring that level of football and to be decisive for Manchester United, time and time again.

“Manchester United would start to look a lot better in the Premier League then as well.”

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