According to a report from Italian publication Calciomercato, Manchester United’s move to extend Paul Pogba’s contract by one more year has poured cold water on the Juventus’ plans to make a swoop for the Frenchman next summer.
Manchester United have reportedly triggered Paul Pogba‘s one-year renewal option in his United contract, extending the French World Cup-winning midfielder’s stay at Old Trafford by a further year.
Had Manchester United not exercised the respective option, Paul Pogba would have been free to leave in the summer of 2021.
That would see United losing one of their world-class assets departing the club, with the Red Devils having bagged nothing in return.
As it stands now, United could get another year of prime Paul Pogba.
The aforementioned report also claimed that Juventus were ready to offer a meaningful sum of money for the 27-year-old midfield maestro last summer.
Though, the dreadful effect of coronavirus pandemic on the finances of the Italian side meant the Serie A champions had to settle their interest for nothing.
There was also an indication that Juventus would rather prefer signing Pogba for free next year.
But, with the renewal being exercised, Juve might have to wait until the summer of 2022 or could pay Manchester United the asking price of Pogba to secure his services next summer.
Pogba recently revealed his desire to play for Real Madrid one day.
And considering United’s lackluster run in the Premier League so far, it would be reasonable to think a move away from the ‘Theater of Dreams’ would the best option for an ambitious athlete like Pogba.