Paul Pogba
Manchester United's Paul Pogba.

Paul Pogba is the subject of interest from Juventus, according to Italian reports, with the Manchester United youngster still stalling on signing a new deal at Old Trafford.

Pogba's current contract runs out in the summer, and though he didn't sign a renewal in January, Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that he wants to stay with the English giants for the long term.

"The boy has great talent and tremendous physique for an 18-year-old. You can't believe it," he said at the start of the month, as reported by the Daily Mail.

"We are negotiating his contract at the moment. It is a bit complicated at the moment because he has changed his agent a couple of times.

"But the boy wants to stay, that is obvious. Hopefully we can get it done soon."

Yesterday the legendary United manager added that he believes that Rio Ferdinand can have a particularly positive influence over Pogba, telling reporters: "At the moment, [Ferdinand] is working hard on the boy Pogba and talking to him. The young boy is unsure. But Rio is well regarded."

With that in mind, it would appear that United are close to shoring up Pogba's signature, but Juventus are reportedly still chasing, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, and hope to make an offer for the France Under 19 international which includes the first team football he desperately desires.

Pogba has so far made just four appearances for United this season, though his showing against Stoke drew praise from Ferguson and football pundits and fans alike.

And in the lead up to summer, with Pogba able to leave for free if United don't convince him to sign a new deal, Juventus may not be the only club chasing, with Chelsea and Arsenal also said to be interested.