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Pogba reps finalising 4-year deal with Juventus

Paul Pogba’s representatives are finalising a four-year contract for the player to join Juventus on a free transfer.

Sky Sports News has been told dialogue is “still open” with Paris Saint Germain and it’s expected Pogba will announce his final decision in the coming days. The France international has been free to negotiate with clubs over his next move since January.

Manchester United confirmed earlier this month Pogba would be leaving the club at the end of his contract this summer. The move to Juventus would mark a return to a club where Pogba spent four years with before rejoining United in 2016.

Recall the highs and lows of Paul Pogba’s six polarising seasons at Manchester United.

As he closes on his 30s, Pogba is aware this could be the last big move of his career and wants to take his time to ensure he makes the right decision.

Manchester City also made a stunning bid to sign Pogba from bitter rivals United, with Pep Guardiola meeting the midfielder and the club drafting a lucrative contract to demonstrate their desire to sign him.

But while the World Cup winner did consider City’s offer, he felt the accompanying noise and hate would not be worth it.

It is the summer of 2016. Jose Mourinho is the Manchester United manager and the club has just broken the world transfer record. A Frenchman has returned to Old Trafford for unfinished business.

“This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game,” Paul Pogba said after completing his £89m move back to United from Juventus.

“He has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond,” Mourinho added.

It was a deal that caused a social media frenzy. Emerging from the shadows with a red devil marked into his hair, Pogba’s announcement video was followed by a sponsored music clip featuring Stormzy. The hype over #POGBACK had begun.

It was supposed to be the start of something special. A new era for a club still struggling to find its feet after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson three years earlier.

But Pogba has been unable to inspire United to former glories. The 2017 League Cup and Europa League are the only trophies of his six-season spell.

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