According to Sky Sports reports, Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici is in London on a dual mission. Paratici is in the English capital to sort out the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the Bianconeri’s new boss.
However, reports from Sky Italy suggest that he is also negotiating a deal to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. The reported talks are believed to involve a deal, including Juventus Joao Cancelo moving to United as part of any prospective deal.
Maurizio Sarri set to become Juventus boss
Reports suggest that Paratici is currently negotiating a compensation package with Chelsea for former Napoli boss Sarri. The veteran boss has remained one of the frontrunners for the job since Massimiliano Allegri left the club at the end of the season. In fact, the 60-year-old is now the red-hot favourite to become the next Bianconeri boss.
It now seems just a matter of time before the Italian return completes the move back to his homeland. His one-year stint in English football has been a success, as he guided the Blues to a third-place finish in the Premier League and won the Europa League.
Pogba deal not as advanced
Reportedly the discussions over Pogba’s return to Italian football are not quite at such an advanced stage. The midfielder has never quite proven an overwhelming success at Old Trafford since a return from the Turin club for a then world-record £93.25m.
He has blown hot and cold, much to the frustration of the fans and his coaches in Manchester. The France international has enjoyed purple patches of form which have made him look like the all-conquering central midfielder that we all know he can be.
However, he has also enjoyed long periods where he has been invisible on the pitch and at times seemingly sulked, when his team needed him to step up, he was not there. Truly top players are the ones driving teams forward.
Pogba has struggled to do that in his three seasons at Old Trafford. However, he enjoyed the best period of his career at Juventus, which persuaded the Red Devils to lay out such a big fee for a player they gave away for nothing.
The midfielder is the sort of player who needs to feel appreciated and loved. If he has the right management, then he tends to shine. Maybe a move back to Turin will help him rediscover his top form.
Juventus desperate to win the Champions League
It seems that the Champions League has become something of a holy grail in recent years. Every season the Bianconeri dominate Serie A and usually win the title with a big gap to second place, usually Napoli.
However, despite being one of the biggest clubs in the European game the Champions League title has eluded them since 1996. The Italian giants have only ever won the European Cup on two occasions too, which is a surprising fact.
Whether the possible arrival of Maurizio Sarri and Paul Pogba can help the Bianconeri to European glory only time will tell. However, one thing is for sure it will not be easy, as next season their top-tier European rivals will be even stronger.
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