Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici to Discuss Paul Pogba with New Manager

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  United player Paul Pogba in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici said the possibility of re-signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United will be discussed with the club's new manager. 

Juve are in the market for a new coach after parting ways with Massimiliano Allegri, and Paratici confirmed on Tuesday that Pogba will be a topic of conversation with his successor.

Per Goal, he was asked about Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa and Pogba, and he said:

"Federico Chiesa? We certainly have a competitive team. As far as the market is concerned, we await the name of the coach. We will make the necessary assessments after announcing it.

"Pogba? The same, we'll speak with the new coach."

The club want to bring the Frenchman back to Italy, according to GianlucaDiMarzio.com's Fabrizio Romano:

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

#Juventus have started talks with Mino Raiola and with Manchester United for Paul Pogba. They want him back and will make a bid. Man United will decide soon about Pogba future, only first contacts at the moment... ⚪️⚫️ #MUFC #transfers @DiMarzio

Pogba enjoyed his most productive season in a United shirt since he returned to Old Trafford in 2016, contributing 16 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.

As with the rest of his team-mates, the majority of his best form came in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first two months in charge. Outside of that period, Pogba and United often struggled to impress.

The club will have hoped for more consistency from their record signing, though as football writer Kristan Heneage observed, United have not built much of a platform on which he can succeed:

Kristan Heneage @KHeneage

In an odd way that example is exactly the problem at MUFC; they haven’t built with the big picture in mind. Pogba does a lot of things exceptionally well, so as a team they should find a way to cover the thing he does not excel at.

Football writer Zach Lowy shares a similar view:

Zach Lowy @ZachLowy

I recognize that Pogba has to 'elevate players to his own level,' but there's really only so much you can do when your teammates are Chris Smalling, Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matić, etc. With Mourinho gone, the first one to scapegoat is going to be Pogba.

While Pogba can be a source of frustration for supporters, he remains their best outfield player. As such, letting him leave this summer could lower the level of quality in their squad, unless they can replace him with some top talent.

As for Juventus, they're acutely aware of Pogba's talents after they coaxed four strong years out of him during his time in Turin, even if it won't be Allegri in charge next season.

Per Goal, Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri is among the favourites to take over in the dugout. The Italian's preferred style of play favours technically gifted midfielders who can pass the ball well and use it intelligently, so he could make use of Pogba if he's appointed.