Pogba: Juventus ask sponsors Adidas to provide transfer funds
Man United want 150 million euros for Pogba and Juventus have asked Adidas to provide some of the funds to secure the Frenchman, according to reports in Italy.
Juventus have asked Paul Pogba’s sponsor Adidas for some financial assistance to sign the Frenchman from Manchester United, according to reports in Italy.
Pogba is understood to be keen to leave Old Trafford this summer after United failed to secure Champions League qualification last season. The 26-year-old joined the Red Devils in 2016 and has a contract until 2021.
The French midfielder had been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but in recent weeks Juventus are now understood to be the front runners, with Pogba himself reportedly now in favour of a return to Turin over a move to the Bernabéu.
However the biggest obstacle for the Serie A champions is his price tag. United want a figure in the region of 150 million euros for the French star, the same player whom Juventus had sold to the Red Devils for 105 million euros back in 2016.
And after splashing out on Cristiano Ronaldo last season, Juventus have asked Adidas to provide some of the funds to secure Pogba’s transfer, according to Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport.
Adidas have a sponsorship agreement with Juventus until 2027 worth some 408 million euros, according to the Italian media. Although the sports apparel maker also recently signed a new kit deal with Juve’s rivals in the Pogba bidding, Real Madrid, until 2028, which is worth 120 million euros a season.
Matthijs De Ligt
Having seemingly overtaken Real Madrid in the race to sign Pogba, Juve have also reportedly snatched another sought-after star from under the noses of Los Blancos’ bitter rivals, Barcelona.
Ajax’s 19-year-old captain De Ligt has reportedly turned down an offer from Barcelona and PSG, in favour of a move to Juventus to play alongside his self-confessed childhood hero, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The young Dutch international has agreed to a five-year contract at the Juventus Stadium worth 24 million euros a year, according to UK paper, The Guardian.