If the latest reports are to be believed, Premier League heavyweights Manchester United could lose their talented French starlet Paul Pogba to Italian Serie A side Juventus when the summer transfer windows opens at the end of the current season.
It is being said that within minutes after the final whistle of United's shocking 1-0 defeat to rivals Manchester City in the title decider, numerous Italian sources reported that Pogba, 19, had rejected United's new contract offer and chose to play in Italy and commit to Juventus.
Ahead of the start of the 2011-12 season, Ferguson had confirmed that Pogba would feature with the senior team during the season. He stated, I mean if we hold Pogba back, what's going to happen? He's going to leave. You know, in a couple of years' time when his contract is going to finish. So we have to give him the opportunity to see how he can do in the first-team and he's got great ability.
He was also named to the first-team to participate in the team's Football League Cup tie against Leeds United that was played earlier with Ferguson proclaiming that, I intend to play him (Pogba) against Leeds United. Pogba is now expected to leave when his contract expires in June.
The player will now need just a rubberstamp from Juventus that will proclaim the end of his stint at United, according to a Tribal Football report.
Pogba, who arrived at United and made his debut with the club's under-18 team in 2009 from French Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC, was one of four academy players that earned a promotion to the first-team squad by Fergie ahead of United's FA Cup fifth round match against Crawley Town. He has made just seven appearances since breaking into the United first team thus far.