Mino Raiola, the agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, has revealed his client is in no hurry to leave Turin and could yet be offered a new deal.
The French international will currently be dealing with the disappointment of losing in the Euro 2016 final to Portugal on Sunday night, but his club future continues to dominate headlines.
Having been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, it appeared as though it was merely a matter of time before negotiations began to take place.
However, Raiola has moved to dismiss the suggestion that his client is all set to move on from the Serie A champions ahead of next season, which will undoubtedly come as a blow to United.
Speaking in an interview with The Times, Raiola said: “Paul is in no hurry to leave and Juventus do not want to sell it. Rather, they want to renew his contract.
“Many teams were interested, but Juve wants to keep their best players.”
Naturally, this goes against all the speculation that has been circulated over the past week or so, with many insisting that Pogba was edging closer and closer to a return to Old Trafford.
Instead, this seemingly now closes the door on a transfer, although it could be a smart move from the astute Raiola in the sense that it will spur United into action and speed the process up.
As a result, it could merely just be clever work from the agent who represents a number of high-profile players, and he is undoubtedly more than accustomed to the games that must be played in the transfer market.
An argument against his suggestion would be that Pogba could earn almost double what he would be offered by Juve, as noted by Gazzetta, and so from a financial point of view, a move back to Manchester would make more sense.
However, if he genuinely wants to stay in Turin, something that is believable given he has given no indication to suggest otherwise, then Raiola could be negotiating with Juve and not United this summer after all.