It's the nightmare scenario playing out right in front of our eyes.
While his agent Mino Raiola plays coy, the entire Italian media collective is reporting that Manchester United are about to sign Paul Pogba for a world record fee of €125m (with probably just as much committed in wages over the next five years). Twelve months after Jose Mourinho famously compared wanting to buy Pogba to wanting to buy the Eiffel Tower, it looks like he might just get to do that. For the wrong team of course.
Corriere dello Sport, Gazzetta dello Sport, La Stampa, Tuttosport are reporting that Pogba has decided to leave. pic.twitter.com/XqZkMwRuDT— Rahul Singh (@forevruntd) July 20, 2016
To compound the annoyance, Juventus will apparently look to Chelsea to (partially) replace the supremely talented midfielder. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Old Lady are "keen on" Nemanja Matic, who had a rough go of it last season and has since seen Chelsea sign N'Golo Kanté for his position. While head coach Antonio Conte has spoken well of Matic and the big Spiderbeasty looked decent enough in our first pre-season friendly, it would not be too surprising if we allowed him to leave.
Juventus pushing for Chelsea midfielder as Pogba replacement - https://t.co/mJZ2iT9j3E pic.twitter.com/ukz2nYMfIw— GazzettaWorld (@GazzettaWorld) July 20, 2016
The really galling thing here would be that we'd be letting him leave without getting Paul Pogba in return.