The date has been set for Paul Pogba to complete his return to Juventus.
The Manchester United star, who left the Red Devils for Turin back in 2012, will see history repeat itself by joining the Italian giants on a free transfer after striking a verbal agreement over a return – rejecting an approach from Man City in the process.
While final details are still being discussed, the 29-year-old is expected to confirm his return at the beginning of July following the official expiry of his deal at United, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Pogba spent four years with Juventus, winning four Serie A titles and reaching the final of the Champions League before completing his blockbuster £89million return to United.
Despite showing glimpses of quality, the France international struggled to hit the heights expected of him during his 226 appearances for the Premier League giants, leading to the decision to allow him to move on this summer.
A club statement confirmed the news earlier this month, saying: “For a boy that joined the Academy at 16 to make over 200 United appearances and lift the Youth Cup, along with two major pieces of silverware – not to mention the World Cup at international level – is something that should be applauded and celebrated.
“Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Paul on his successful career, and thank him for his contributions to Manchester United.
“We wish him all the best for the next steps on a remarkable journey.”
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Addressing the departure in a video of his own, Pogba added: “I feel privileged to have played for this club.
“Many beautiful moments and memories but most importantly an unconditional support from the fans. Thank you Manchester United!”
Explaining Pogba’s decision to leave the club, talkSPORT’s Man United correspondent, Mark Goldbridge, explained why there’s blame on both sides.
“I think it’s the right decision,” he said of the decision to part ways. “So many things divide United fans and Paul Pogba’s a big one, we saw him being sworn at and booed in his last appearance for United.
“I think United have got to take a big responsibility, we’ve let him go for free now, twice, £89million and he goes for free.
“I do hope Pogba’s career goes better than it has done, but it’s definitely time to part ways.
“There have been mistakes on both sides, the biggest mistake is this should have happened two or three years ago, you look what you’ve got out of Pogba the last two years and it’s very little, so I am glad it’s over.
“But I’m not a United fan who has bad feelings towards Pogba as I think there’s blame on both sides.
“He made it very very clear he didn’t want to be at Manchester United and you look at it on the part of the player, it started before a game against Man City a few years ago when Pep Guardiola said he’d been offered Pogba, Manchester United should’ve been proactive about this instead of just saying ‘you’re staying’ and losing him for free.
“There are player power issues at United but it’s not like he didn’t make it clear he wanted to leave.
“A big club would’ve hit that head on and said ‘right, he doesn’t want to be here, it’s not working, let’s move him on’.”
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