The transfer saga involving Paul Pogba to Juventus could be in for a late twist as news emerged on Friday of Zinedine Zidane’s possible arrival as Paris Saint-Germain manager.
But it looks as though the Frenchman has put the brakes on a move to the Old Lady after learning that Zidane is close to agreeing a deal to take over at the Ligue 1 champions.
According to RMC, the 29-year-old is awaiting the arrival of Zinedine Zidane at PSG before opening discussions about a move to the French capital.
The France-based broadcaster also stated that Zidane “loves” Pogba, and tried to sign the French international midfielder when he was managing at Real Madrid.
The news will come as a blow to Juventus who were expecting to tie up the deal in the coming days ahead of a hero’s return to Turin.
Meanwhile, PSG have been long-term admirers of Pogba and considered a cash deal with Manchester United last summer but pulled out when Lionel Messi unexpectedly became available.
But now seems the perfect time for Pogba and PSG to unite with the capital club looking for midfield reinforcements to bolster what has long been a problem area for the club.
Marco Verratti has for too long been the only top class midfielder at the club but his injury and suspension record means there has too often been a gaping hole in the middle of the pitch.
Pogba – who shares a good relationship with Verratti – could form a dynamic partnership with the Italy international as PSG look to step up their bid for a first-ever Champions League title.
PSG announced the acquisition of new ‘football consultant’ Luis Campos on Friday, replacing outgoing sporting director Leonardo.
With President Nasser Al-Khelaifi back in Paris after a business trip to Doha, things could start to get interesting at the Parc des Princes starting with the sacking of current manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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