Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has dismissed speculation regarding an imminent transfer for Paul Pogba to Manchester United after revealing that there have not been any negotiations with interested clubs. The French midfielder is expected to become the most expensive transfer eclipsing the £85m ($112m) Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013.
According to Goal, the Turin club's chief made the comment during an appearance on Italian TV despite reports linking Pogba with an imminent return to his former club. The Red Devils are believed to be preparing a world-record €120m offer for the midfielder as Jose Mourinho searches for immediate impact after taking the managerial reins at Old Trafford.
Juventus have indicated that only a world-record bid will tempt them into selling as they are keen to retain Pogba. The Frenchman's agent Mino Raiola refused to rule out a move this summer, but also indicated that it is possible that he could remain with the Serie A champions and extend his current deal, which still has three years to run.
Pogba recently revealed that he is happy at Juventus and referred to them as his team, while he also referred to United as his first family, whom he left to join the Italians in 2012 on a free transfer. Pogba's future destination looks likely to be a topic that could be dragged on for much of the transfer window, with United the only club being mentioned at the moment despite his agent suggesting that there has been interest from other clubs.
The Sun, however, has contradicted the Juventus director's statements and reported that the 20-time English champions are close to securing a deal, with talks with his representative set to be concluded this weekend. United are set to have offered £105m for the midfielder's services with Pogba set to put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal worth £202,000-a-week.