Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he had rejected offers from Arsenal, Chelsea and AC Milan before completing his switch from Manchester United to the Serie A Champions during the summer of 2012.
The 20-year-old also went on to claim the Premier League champions' former boss Sir Alex Ferguson made an attempt to keep him at Old Trafford. However, the French international admitted United's legendary manager was unsuccessful in convincing him to continue with the English giants as he had his heart set on joining Juventus.
"Other clubs were tracking me but I only had Juve in my mind. At the time, I heard from Chelsea, Arsenal and Milan, but nobody is like Juve. Sir Alex Ferguson tried to keep me at Manchester United, but he didn't get very far," Pogba told Sky Sport Italia.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of his compatriot and was interested in bringing the former United midfielder to the north London club. The Gunners are reportedly preparing another approach in signing Pogba. However, the Mirror reports the Italian champions are preparing a new deal to extend the Frenchman's stay with the Old Lady.
Pogba is on a yearly wage of £800,000 and his contract with the Serei A side runs down in 2016. Juvnetus are reportedly preparing to double his salary by offering him a new contract to ward off interest from Premier League clubs.
Any move from the top flight clubs in England for Pogba's signature will not be an easy task. The midfielder has set the target of winning silverware with Juvnetus after admitting to be happy with his current employers.
Juventus have had Michel Platini, France coach Didier Deschamps and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane in their midfield in the past. Pogba admitted the French legends featuring for the Bianconeri has attracted him towards the Italian outfit as it was his childhood dream to play for the Turin club.
'Since childhood I've always liked Juve and supported that team. For the French this club means a great deal, as so many French champions played in Turin, so that's why I liked them. I am happy to be here and I want to win many trophies with this jersey," he said.