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Manchester United begin talks to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus

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Reports in the French media suggest that talks are underway between Manchester United and Juventus over a possible move for Paul Pogba.

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It is being reported by French media outlet l’Equipe today that Manchester United have begun talks with Juventus over the signing of Paul Pogba.

Pogba left United in 2012 to join the Serie A champions on a free transfer, after becoming frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities he was being given by then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The gifted 23-year-old midfielder immediately became a star in Turin, helping the Bianconeri win four successive Serie A titles, as well as reaching the 2015 Champions League final.

It is thought that United have always retained an interest in bringing Pogba back to Old Trafford, but new United boss José Mourinho has now convinced the club’s hierarchy to convert that interest into a firm offer.

L’Equipe’s report claims that Juventus are reluctant to part with their flamboyant star, and would not consider an offer below €100 million.

The French newspaper also claims that it has always been part of Pogba’s career plan to return to United at some stage, and that Mourinho wants to use the Frenchman alongside Wayne Rooney and compatriot Morgan Schneiderlin in a 4-3-3 formation next season.

United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, will reportedly meet with Juventus officials again next week, at which point a firm offer for Pogba could be tabled.