Juventus will not allow Paul Pogba to join Manchester United or any other suitor without a fight, according to former striker Thierry Henry. Pogba is reportedly on the brink of leaving the Serie A champions following his performances at the European Championships.
Sky Sports understand that Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, has begun talks over a £100m move for the 23-year-old which could see the player earn £300,000-a-week on his return to Old Trafford. Pogba spent three years at the club between 2009 and 2012 but made just three appearances and was offloaded by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Pogba has featured in every game as France have strolled into the Euro 2016 final on home turf, and is destined to be rewarded for his displays with a record-breaking move to United. But Henry, formerly of Arsenal and France, warns that the Italian giants will not lose Pogba without a fight.
"We all know about the quality, how good he is on the ball," Henry told Sky Sports. "He's an all-round player but he's understood his role at this tournament. Hopefully he can come back to the Premier League - it would be great for us and for whoever got him but he's still a Juve player and they're not going to let him go (easily)."
United boss Jose Mourinho has already made three acquisitions this summer in the form of Eric Bailly from Villarreal, Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenia international who has joined from Borussia Dortmund. The Portuguese coach has revealed his intention to sign a fourth player in the transfer window to cap his spending.
A deal for Pogba means United will re-enter negotiations with agent Mino Raiola who helped conclude the deals for both Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan. Ferguson, in his recent book, blamed Raiola for Pogba's first departure from the 20-time English league champions.
"I distrusted him from the moment I met him," he wrote in 'Leading'. "We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. But Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco. He and I were like oil and water. From then on, our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to ingratiate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus."