Monday 19 November 2018

Manchester United target Paul Pogba set to return training with Juventus

Pogba is United's primary transfer target this summer. Getty
Pogba is United's primary transfer target this summer. Getty
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Juventus manager Max Allegri has declared that he expects midfielder Paul Pogba to return to training with his squad in Turin on Monday, as the enduring delay over his world record breaking £100m move to Manchester United continues.

Fresh reports suggest Juventus will not allow Pogba’s move to United to be finalised until they sign a suitable replacement, with Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic believed to be one of their chief targets.

Yet the suggestion that Pogba will return from his holiday in America and starting training once again at Juventus’ Vinovo training base suggests the deal that was expected to be confirmed this weekend may not be as close as some have been suggesting.

“Pogba in Vinovo for training on Monday,” stated Allegri on Saturday morning. “There’s no point in discussing replacements for Pogba because right now he’s a Juventus player.”

There was a widespread expectation that Pogba would fly directly from his holiday in America to Manchester for a medial ahead of his return to United, but the comments rom Allegri have put a cloud on that idea.

United manager Jose Mourinho stated on Friday that he would not talk about Pogba until the transfer was confirmed, with those comments welcomed by Juventus boss Allegri.

“It’s only fair that Mourinho should choose not to talk of Pogba as long as he's a Juventus player,” he added.

The Pogba transfer saga appears to set to run and run, with United’s hopes of confirming the transfer imminently apparently fading after this latest twist in the tale.

Meanwhile, Allegri has confirmed that he expected his €93.4m summer signing Gonzalo Huigain to make his first appearance for Juventus against West Ham at London’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday, after a summer of heavy spending for the Italian champions ahead of the inevitable sale of Pogba.

“You’ll see him, and not just for a few minutes,” added Allegri of Higuain. “Juventus carried out a great market campaign, signing five new and excellent players.

“Integrating five new players is never easy. They have different characteristics than the ones we worked with and they don't know each other.”

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