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Paul Pogba (PIII): BIG SIX! Six future destinations for the Juventus midfield ace

A deal to 2019 is watertight and all signs are that Paul Pogba will be staying with Juventus next season.

However, Marcello Lippi, citing his sale of Zinedine Zidane, believes Juve should cash in on Pogba to build a team capable of winning the Champions League.

"When I went back to Juventus, [Gianni] Agnelli called me and told me he had to sell Zidane," Lippi says. "He was the best player in the world, but they gave us 150 billion lire [€77m], he told me not to worry, that it would all be spent on the team.

"We bought, [Gianluigi] Buffon, [Pavel] Nedved and [Lilian] Thuram, regrouped and the team kept winning.

"It would be a massive sacrifice of course, for Juventus to lose Pogba, but it would be for so much money that they could buy three or four players to help them be consistent."

But where would Pogba go? We take a look at the main contenders should Juve choose to sell:


The Madrid press have been full of stories this season about Real president Florentino Perez making Pogba a €100 million player. Zinedine Zidane, a close adviser to Perez and current Castilla coach, admitted their interest just last week.

But Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, recently slaughtered Perez's transfer policy, all but shutting the door on Real in the process: "Real Madrid have as their custom buying players as if they were buying kitchen gloves which you then throw away, as they do their players.

"Real Madrid are also a club that sees a player do well in six games in a World Cup and then buys him. We don't want a club like that. We want to go to a club that believes in Paul's potential. I'm not closing the doors on Real Madrid, but I'm not opening them either."


Banned from working the 2015 summer transfer window, a move to Barca at the end of next season could suit both Juve and Pogba. But much will depend on this summer's presidential election.

There will be huge hurdles to overcome if favourite Joan Laporta wins the ballot. Raiola lambasted Barca during Laporta's previous reign for their treatment of another of his star clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The prospect of Raiola being happy placing Pogba in the same hands would be remote.


The money is there. The regular Champions League football also. But would Ligue 1 be a big enough stage for Pogba? Raiola believes so, insisting PSG would be a contender should his client ever leave Juve.

"Ligue 1 and PSG are not too small for Paul," he said. "All the big clubs are interesting to us, regardless of the league. We respect the leagues in France, Germany, England, Spain and Italy."

They've managed to sign and keep Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Why not Pogba?


The key for City and Pogba could be Patrick Vieira. The Frenchman would not have a problem signing for City, despite his Manchester United past. But the Sky Blues could be their own worst enemies when it gets down to the final details. Vieira, the City development coach, and Pogba are close. Indeed, it was Vieira who recommended Juve to his countryman when he decided to leave United three years ago.

But City and Vieira are yet to open talks about a new deal, with his current agreement expiring at the end of the season. Having ambitions to move higher up the coaching rung, Vieira is weighing up an offer from Bayern Munich to take charge of their reserves team. His departure would be a blow to City's hopes of landing Pogba's signature.


Not an obvious contender. With Nemanja Matic running the show in Jose Mourinho's midfield, Pogba's arrival would appear overkill. But Raiola was in London a fortnight ago, sparking talk of a meeting with Chelsea about Pogba's situation.


Could he return to Old Trafford? Louis van Gaal is crying out for a ball-winning, box-to-box midfielder and Pogba is the best for his age on the planet. United have undergone a huge turnover of coaching staff since Pogba last pulled on a Reds shirt. But Sir Alex Ferguson remains a major presence at the club and Pogba has made it no secret how he felt let down by the Scot.

Can his comments about being "disgusted" as Ferguson snubbed him for a league defeat at Blackburn Rovers be overlooked at Old Trafford? Indeed, is Pogba the sort of character willing to retread past steps?


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