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Juventus in talks to bring Paul Pogba back on free transfer for second time

Manchester United's Paul Pogba could be set to return to Juventus. Photo: Jan Kruger

Jason BurtTelegraph Media Group Limited

Paul Pogba’s representative was due to meet with Juventus yesterday to discuss the midfielder’s potential return to the Italian giants. Rafaela Pimenta flew to Turin for talks, with Pogba set to leave United, as things stand, when his contract expires at the end of next month.

Pimenta, a lawyer, is the business partner of Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, who died last month, and has taken over the running of the agency. She also concluded Erling Haaland’s move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City last week.

City were also offered the chance to sign Pogba (29), and have tentatively explored the deal, but there is a growing sense the France star is more likely to move abroad.

Juventus have invited Pimenta to open negotiations although the Brazilian lawyer is also expected to talk to Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, while Pogba may well speak to United’s new manager Erik ten Hag before deciding his future.

Ten Hag has announced he will not be part of Ajax’s post-season trip to Curacao and will begin working on his new role early, although he will not officially take over at Old Trafford until the season ends. If Pogba were to join Juventus, it would be the second time he has signed for them on a free transfer having run down his contract at United in 2012. United then paid £89m to take him back to Old Trafford four years later.

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