Juventus are set to pull out of the race to sign Paul Pogba after edging closer to signing Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports.
The 19-year-old had also been linked with United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain but a move to Italy with the Bianconeri looks set to happen this summer.
Both Gianluca Di Marzio and Dutch publication De Telegraaf confirm de Ligt is on the verge of opting for Juventus over other European clubs in a deal that will make him the second highest paid player in the league, only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Not only will Juventus beat United to de Ligt, but Adrien Rabiot is also set to join after accepting a proposal from the Serie A club. Rabiot was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in June with his contract at Paris Saint-Germain set to expire next month, however, it now seems the Frenchman has taken the same decision as de Ligt in choosing Turin over Manchester.
A report by Football Italia suggests with the acquisitions of de Ligt and Rabiot, Juventus will no longer be able to bring Pogba back to the club, especially with the fee United are expected to demand. The Italian outlet also says that any funds raised from the departure of right-back João Cancelo will be used to fund a move for Ajax’s Dutch captain, rather than put towards any fee for Pogba.
The only other club capable of signing Pogba would be Real Madrid, but it’s believed those above Zinedine Zidane at Los Blancos don’t hold the same view over signing the 26-year-old and with the new additions of Eden Hazard, Luka Jović, Éder Militão, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo already this summer, any move for Pogba without serious big-money departures at the Santiago Bernabéu is extremely unlikely, a big boost towards United’s chances of keeping the midfielder for this season at least.
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