Juventus are preparing a last-ditch move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Time is running out on the possibility of Pogba leaving Old Trafford with United only having until 5pm on Thursday to buy a potential replacement.
It is very unlikely they will allow the Frenchman to go beyond Thursday’s deadline, leaving Juventus with only a few hours to make a fresh offer.
According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Juvenus will ‘not let Pogba go’ and will make one final attempt to convince United to sell him.
Maurizio Sarri is keen on bringing Pogba back to Turin, where he flourished after leaving Manchester United over a lack of first-team opportunities in 2012. He returned to United in 2016 for £89m.
Pogba has been involved in a huge transfer battle over the summer between Juventus and Real Madrid. He said earlier this summer that he wants a new challenge but it is now likely he will be going nowhere.
Zinedine Zidane has been desperate to sign his compatriot all summer and his side are desperately short of numbers in midfield.
Real have already had an opening bid of £27million plus James Rodriguez rejected, with United hoping to earn upwards of £150m, but the Spanish giants need to sell players in order to return with a bigger offer.
Despite the rampant transfer speculation, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always remained adamant that Pogba would be staying at United for the upcoming season.
Pogba failed to travel to Cardiff for a friendly against AC Milan last weekend, but Solskjaer put his absence down to injury and an administrative error.
The midfielder did end up lining up against Blackburn Rovers Under 23s on Sunday, and Solskjaer says he should be fit to play against Chelsea in their first Premier League game of the season.