Wednesday 28 September 2016

Massimiliano Allegri calls Paul Pogba in for training

Published 06/08/2016 | 20:06

Paul Pogba has been with Juventus since joining them from Manchester United in 2012.
Paul Pogba has been with Juventus since joining them from Manchester United in 2012.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has summoned Paul Pogba to begin pre-season training with the club amid talk of the midfielder being set for an imminent switch to Manchester United.

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Reports have suggested United are ready to pay a world-record fee of around £100million for France international Pogba, who has been on holiday in the United States after Euro 2016.

And a deal appeared close on Friday when Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho said a big signing could be expected over the next few days - he mentioned trying to "close our market" before August 14 - and that the club are "going to get a very good midfield player", adding: "Pogba is a Juventus player until officially he isn't."

But Allegri was quoted by Corriere dello Sport on Saturday as saying at a press conference ahead of side's friendly at West Ham the next day: "I've summoned Pogba together with (Patrice) Evra for tomorrow night.

"He has training here in Vinovo on Monday."

Allegri added: "It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player."

Pogba, 23, has been with Juventus since joining them from United in 2012.

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