Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is set to sign for Manchester United this summer, and the Italian Serie A are already spending the money they’ll receive on Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain.
Napoli are close to signing Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi in anticipation of Higuain’s impending exit, but the transfer merry-go-round won’t be finalized until Pogba makes the move.
Pogba wanted Real move but regards former club Man Utd highly
Paul Pogba left Manchester United for Juventus in 2012, and said of his ex-club that they are his ‘first family’. However, the French international allegedly wanted a move to Real Madrid this summer. The Spanish La Liga giants won their second Champions League trophy in three seasons in May, and were looking for Pogba to strengthen an already world-class midfield.
Real couldn’t match Manchester United’s financial muscle so they pulled out of the race to sign Pogba, but the 23-year-old is still open for a move away from Juventus. Manchester United are seemingly the only club Pogba would have moved to if he couldn’t make the switch to Real Madrid, and the payrise he’ll receive in the Premier League could be a deciding factor.
Juventus and Napoli spending money in anticipation of Pogba’s exit
Juventus are set to receive around £75M after agent fees when Pogba makes the move to Manchester United, and they are spending nearly every penny on Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine centre-forward, who last season scored 38 goals, has a £78M release clause, and Juventus have agreed to meet the fee. Higuain is said to have already undergone a medical, but the deal won’t likely go through until the Old Lady receive the Pogba money.
Napoli are already making plans to spend some of the Higuain money coming their way this summer by offering for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. The 23-year-old has scored 52 goals in 101 games for the Serie A side over three seasons, and would be tempted to make the switch to a side chasing the title. Napoli would be looking to make Icardi a direct replacement for Higuain, and are likely to be set back around £45M according to various sources.
Juventus’ Paul Pogba 1/4 to join Manchester United this summer, and both Napoli and Juventus are banking on the impending world record move to go through in order to fund their summer purchases. When Pogba finally returns to his former side, a merry-go-round of summer deals should follow in Serie A.