Paul Pogba is 99 per cent certain to remain with Juventus, according to the player’s agent.
The midfielder, who left Manchester United for Turin in July 2012, has been touted for a return to the English Premier League, amid interest from his former club and Chelsea.
The France international’s agent, Mino Raiola, had in January suggested that his client did not have a long-term future at the Juve.
Raiola- though has now confirmed that the 24-year-old is a transfer target for seven clubs- is adamant Pogba will not leave the Serie A champions for a fee less than the club’s £71m (€100m) asking price.
“What are the chances of staying? As of today it’s 99 per cent,” Raiola told Italian newspaper Tuttosport. “Juve agree with our approach, which is that they will only sell if Paul asks to leave and there’s a suitable offer. Of course, it could become one per cent, it depends on the market.”
Pogba departed United after struggling to nail a regular first-team shirt under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
He is under contract at Juventus until 2019. The rising star has scored six goals and assisted two more in 21 Serie A matches this season.
“We made a pact with Juve; Paul doesn’t have to leave,” Raiola said. “I spoke to President Andrea Agnelli, directors Pavel Nedved, Beppe Marota and Fabio Paratici, so they all agree. The club doesn’t want the money.
“At this moment the situation at Juve is ideal for Pogba. We would only leave if a situation emerged that was favourable for all concerned.
“He is wanted by seven clubs and that is certain, because they all told me so. The ones that can afford him are Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
“If I just whistled, I’d sell Pogba tomorrow to PSG or City in a heartbeat. But Paul did not tell me to find him another club.”