Juventus transfers: Paul Pogba asking price set – will he move to Saudi Arabia?

Juventus did not see the best of Paul Pogba last season after he returned from Manchester United, and the Saudi Pro League could provide a clean break for player and club if the money is right.

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One of the major themes of the 2023 summer transfer window has been notable stars heading to the Saudi Pro League where massive contracts are being handed out. One of the latest names to be linked with a move of that ilk is JuventusPaul Pogba.

It doesn’t come as a major surprise given Pogba’s return to Juventus in the 2022 transfer window has not yielded the results that the club or player expected, almost entirely due to his injury woes.

The midfielder is the highest earner in the squad, which causes several issues for the board. Upon his return to Turin, he signed a four-year deal worth €8 million per year, with an extra €2 million available in bonuses.

Pogba recently travelled to Saudi Arabia, though this was mainly for religious reasons. The idea of moving there permanently may well have been at the back of his mind, though.

Al Ahli and Al Ittihad lead the list of Saudi Arabian clubs who want Pogba

Juventus’ Paul Pogba. (@juventusfcen)

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus will not release the Frenchman from his contract and will demand a fee of €10m to take the player away from the club.

This would be a profitable scenario for the club, given they paid no fee for his return from Manchester United a year ago. Getting Pogba’s salary off of the wage bill is also a very attractive proposition for Juventus.

If Pogba were to depart for a Saudi Arabian side, he could find himself earning €100m per year for three years, plus additional bonuses on top of this. It seems that Al Ahli are the favourites to sign the Frenchman.

Pogba could still remain at Juventus

Juventus’ Paul Pogba and Cristiano Giuntoli. (@juventusfc)

For Massimiliano Allegri and others within the club’s hierarchy, there is an immense desire to see Pogba back at his best in a Bianconeri shirt.

The club won’t force the 30-year-old to stay against his will, but their stance is clear. They need the €10m fee to part with Pogba if a move is what he desires.

As revealed by La Gazzetta dello Sport on July 9, Pogba is a player Juventus will be paying close attention to during pre-season. If the Frenchman reacts well to Allegri, it bodes well for his future, given he has already started training before his team-mates.

It is a difficult situation for the Bianconeri, as they would love to keep him and see what he can really bring in his second spell with the club. However, in this financial scenario that they are presented with, they will have to lose players, and Pogba may be one of them unless others depart sooner.

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