Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri bans all Paul Pogba talks

by Leo Nieboer

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has banned all talk regarding Paul Pogba amid continued speculation over the 23-year-old’s impending move to Manchester United.

Man United launched a record £100m bid earlier this month, and talk surrounding the midfielder’s future has refused to die down.

L’Equipe, France’s leading sports media outlet, alongside various other sources, confirmed last week a deal for Pogba has been agreed by the two clubs.

Allegri, clearly irked by the constant noise surrounding his star player, has refused to discuss Pogba’s future any longer.

“I am not going to talk about the transfer market news; we are just here to get ready,” he said.

“The club is going to talk about the transfer market and they are doing very well so I am happy in that regard.”

For the last few weeks, Pogba’s next destination has been the headline story in this transfer market and while United fans will be excited about the Frenchman’s arrival drawing closer, the continued conjecture and reporting is hugely counter-productive for Allegri.

Stories like these serve as a huge distraction during a vital stage of pre-season. For Allegri, there will be an unavoidable elephant in the room whenever his side takes to the field. Similarly, Mourinho will be determined to capture his fourth ‘fundamental’ signing before the season starts.

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