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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Paul Pogba joins Manchester United

August 8, 2016 - 11:53 pm

It’s official: Paul Pogba is returning to Old Trafford having signed a five-year contract with Manchester United.

The French midfielder has finally put an end to a summer of speculation and protracted newspaper headlines by announcing his transfer via social media:

Pogba is expected to cost United €110 million, thus becoming the most expensive transfer in footballing history while putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with United, worth a staggering €13 million per season.

Speaking to the official Manchester United club website, Pogba spoke of his return to the club he left four years ago.

“I am delighted to rejoin United,” Pogba told the website.

“It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with Jose Mourinho.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends.

“But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game.”



Manchester United released a brief statement outlining the transfer:

Manchester United is delighted to announce that Paul Pogba has completed his transfer from Italian club Juventus. Paul joins on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.

Paul, 23, has been with Juventus for four seasons, making 124 appearances and scoring 28 goals. He joined the Bianconeri from United in 2012.

The midfielder has been capped by France on 38 occasions, scoring 6 goals and was a member of the recent squad that reached the final of Euro 2016.

Juventus have also confirmed the transfer via the clubs official website:

Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Paul Pogba has completed a move to Manchester United for a fee of €105 million to be paid in two financial years. The consideration may increase by € 5 million on achieving given conditions in the course of the duration of the contract.

Pogba gave a brief farewell to Juventus in a video recorded for his social media account, a translation of which reads:

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Thanks for 4 years Paul. Good luck in Manchester.

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    elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 12:04 am

    …… I really feel like drinking some wine and playing Alanis until I fall asleep. Such confusing feels, ffs.

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 9, 2016 at 12:24 am

      Smoke a blunt

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        elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 12:31 am

        Wine is my drug, though.

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          Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 9, 2016 at 3:35 am

          Whats alanis? :p

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            BelgianJuventino August 9, 2016 at 5:21 am

            Not sure but I assume Alanis Morrisette or however you spell it xp

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            elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 10:40 am


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            BelgianJuventino August 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

            Yay, I always liked quizzing xp

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            elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm

            100 points for Gryffindor!

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            BelgianJuventino August 10, 2016 at 8:42 am

            According to the Facebook quiz I should be in Ravenclaw!

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            elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

            Alanis Morissette, Canadian 90s female rock singer with a discography that has successfully gotten me through previous heartbreak, particularly her album “Jagged Little Pill”.

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        Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 8:45 am

        The best Drugs in order to relive stress:
        Shooting things and boxing/wrestling it out with someone

        Women’s Breast
        Moscow mule / tequila sunrise
        Red Wine
        Pipes & Cigars
        Weed (vaporized and inhaled; Not smoked and inhaled…huge difference)

        Brazilian jiu jitsu and kung fu

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    Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 12:18 am

    – Pogba could have played with a great coach like Massimiliano Allegri, BUT now he plays with an overrated money grubbing buffoon in decline like Jose Mourinho who was a fraud at Chelsea and Madrid

    – Pogba could have played along world class exceptional talent like the likes of: Dani Alves, Pjanic, Higuain, Dyabla, Khedira the whole BBC, Buffon, BUT now he goes of to play with a shit team where talent is scarce (De Gea, Marshall, Ibra(For now) being the only players who are worth a damn in that laughable team, the rest are Overrated nobodies, players of former glory thinking they are still good like Rooney and Mata who should just retire, and Marketing scams where the Media far over glorifies average Players like Mickataryan)

    – Pogba could have lifted a 6th Scudetto and the Champions Cup, But now! now him and his shity overrated squad and coach, will now have to pray for finishing top 4 in the EPL and winning the Euro Cup

    -Pogba should have waited, he has does ruined his career and considering he never plays well under Pressure (SOMETHING MU FANS WIL GIVE HIM PLENTY OF DUE TO HIS PRICE TAG OF 110M) He is now in danger of suffering the fate of Both Shwansteiger and Depay, and Rooney and Mata, whom all where excellent player, but now Nobodys

    – Pogba i do thank you for your time at Juve, You where my Fav player next to Pirlo and Buffon, but now you went to a hated team, and a team of nobodys….i wish you luck, and may u soon realize your error

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 9, 2016 at 12:24 am

      Mcky isnt overrated

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        Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 12:31 am

        yea he is, Im not saying he sucks, im not saying he is talentless, or horrible or a bad player; All im saying is that he has more publicity than talent.

        for example
        Dyabla > Mcky
        Shurrle (his replacment) > than Mcky
        many more are much better than Mcky, Mcky is good but not that good, he is like Chicharito everyone over-glorifies them

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          Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 9, 2016 at 3:33 am

          Mcky isnt over glorified. Most americans know shit about him. Im sure most man u fans still know nothing about him.

          And leave chicharito alone, hes making it farther then hugo sanchez:p

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            Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 8:17 am

            I dont care if Atlantians, Martians, and eukaryotes on Saturn’s moon Titan know about Mcky …That is the whole point! lol overmarketed, overglorified, fame without merit, more sponsor and marketing than talent, Bark louder than Bite type players…..Chicharo and Mcky are battling for first place. The width of their fan base only supports my claim lol.

            – Not many people know about Dyabla, but he is better than Mcky
            – Shurrle has been forgotten since he departed Chelsea, but he is better than Mcky, (I am also a BVB fan and i am glad Mcky left, because that enabled Shurrle.)

            In the EPL:
            from Arsenal – Alexis Sanches is far far light years away, better than Mcky

            from Chelsea – Hazard as well as Willian is the same story they are far better than Mcky

            from Liverpool – Mane is better than little ol’ Mcky (proof of that is that MC and MU wanted Mane and Mkcy was plan B for United..which ended up happening since Liverpool snatched Mane

            from Man City – Navas/Silva/ are all better than Mcky…Sterling used to be better than mcky untill ManC killed his form from Liverpool but atleast Mcky can find solace that he is better than a 21 year old XD

            if Mcky cant hang with the weakened giants of the EPL what makes you think he can hang with the giants of Europe that have up to 2 or 3 players on a different dimensional talent level than Mcky? PSG? JUVE? The Madrids? Barcelona? Byern? now BVB XD, i dont even need to name the players, one can automatically identify the superior players in each of these teams. Hell the Portuguese are starting to make a comeback look at Renato Sanches (better than Mcky), he isnt the only Jewel in Portugal atm …. Mcky is a good player, but he is far far away from what people make him out to be…..Lozano from Mexico in Pachuca (another target for Man U just FyI) is better than Mcky, just that he is without the marketing and fame.

            As for US fame The US … at least Cali is Crawling with Mexicans and Armenians..all who live and breathe soccer, white people not so much, and yea every single Armenian will make Mcky sound like the next Messi,

            also you made me laugh with Chicharo better than Hugo Sanches comment lol, thats funny

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            Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm

            Maybe you hang out with too many armenians? No crap fans of the players nationality is gonna ocer hype their players, especially if they dint get many top players. Mcjy isnt overrated, but i guess we can agree to disagree.

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            Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm

            “Maybe you hang out with too many armenians?” oh how i wish that where true lol, the Armenian girls are something else :/ ….im gonna go cry cus i cant get an Armenian girl…wanh :,(

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            Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm

            Middle eastern girls are in another level

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    Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 9, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Man U should save up the money from pogbas and ibras shirt sales and aim to buy messi next…

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    Moderator August 9, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I wish i cared. I really wish i gave a solitary fuck.
    I have read some heartfelt goodbye’s from ex Juve players – Simone Padoin’s this summer really tugged at the heartstrings – This comes across more like a business memo……and thats all this is. Business. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    Thanks for the memories, the last of which will be this drawn out transfer saga that was sponsored by Adidas.

    I’d like to say i’ll miss you Pogba, but i won’t.

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      elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

      I thought I didn’t care and now it’s official and I’m suddenly caring and it suuuuucks because I really thought I was over it but I’m not.

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      Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 2:13 am

      wait so he was sold for 105M? thats
      85M for Juve
      20M for Riola
      he had 20% fee right?????

      what are the terms for the extra 5M???

      so we got less money for him than what we paid for Higuain!!!???

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        ho Hi August 9, 2016 at 7:33 am

        No it was 120

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          Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 8:37 am

          Oh ok so Riola’s fee isnt calculated? the 110….or 105M is just what we got?

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            ho Hi August 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm

            i think its 105 what we got, the rest goes to the fatboy.
            So who should come?
            Matic? Gabigol?

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            Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm

            the way i see it:
            We lost Strength and Creativity in midfield…the only 2 replacments in my eyes are either:
            – Matic
            – Rakatic

            We also loose goals from distance, which often defines close games. im sure every coach has Higuains and Mandzukic style of play down, they can easily be shut out with the right Tactics and defenders, so yea we also NEED:
            – Gabigol
            – Lacazette

            players that are not well known and can throw a monkey wrench at good coaches, and surprise with a goal out of no where

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            ho Hi August 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

            Believe in Pjanic and Higuain!!

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      bogdan August 9, 2016 at 5:06 am

      Could you explain why do you consider Adidas to be behind this deal ? I’m intrigued by this as I always wondered if this shirt manufacturers are involved in our business.

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      Dar Black August 9, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      I don’t believe Adidas would be pushing for the transfer, as that would risk p*ssing of Juventus management – we are a big endorsement for them. However, the fact that it was an Adidas to Adidas sponsored club transfer was probably too good a opportunity to miss. Madrid would have been another perfect destination for Pogs, as opposed PSG for instance where Pogs personal Adidas sponsorship would have clashed badly with PSG’s Nike deal.

      If anything I think Adidas may have been given approval by Juve to run with this when they knew he was wanting to leave (which based on the absence of denials by Beppe that Juve would sell him unlike we got with Vidal a couple of years back makes me think our board knew quite sometime ago that his transfer would come to pass).

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    Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 12:42 am

    100% agree lol and i have the same conundrum

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    Francisco Rodriguez August 9, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I’m torn; I want to care and find motives to care, but I don’t. I understand this is a new era of transfers and unfortunately this was at the expense of us. I grew tired of the saga even though we now can prove that the deal had been finalized quite a while ago. That’s why I want to care, show emotion over this ordeal. I guess I’m just indifferent. Would have been better for him to say a simple goodbye instead of trying to win over Juve fans again because his farewell felt devoid of emotion. Maybe it’s just me…

    Comunque, La Vecchia Signora continuerà a crescere e ritornerà alla cima calcistica. La Juve rimane più forte e ambiziosa che prima e arriveremo all’obbiettivo con persone che vogliono stare qua.
    Fino alla fine.

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    Hani August 9, 2016 at 2:46 am

    This is my first post here. I have kept coming back to this site over the years. I want to thanks everyone for the good work, wise words, and above all giving a sense of having a community and friends, far from the solitary home.

    As much as I hate Mourinho and United, and after many days of anger and declaring the move as only motivated by money, re-watching highlights of past seasons and whatnot, I have come to realize that this is a wise move for Pogba’s career and he’ll benefit from it.

    He is going to a league with a lot more exposure (and hype) around the world, with laughable defending and little tactical understanding. He is going to shine. He is going to perform more spectacular dribbles, score more fascinating goals, and be admired more. The only downside I can think of is that EPL is a lot more physical, and he may find it more difficult to impose himself on opposition players.

    There is nothing more Juve can give him. He has learnt from the men now and can go and dazzle the boys. If Juve promised a team centred around him, so does United. If Juve promised a long-term project with the objective of European glory, so does United; plus with deeper pockets. If he is going to win personal awards, United is the only club on earth that can surpass the hype Real and Barca produce for the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. And in United, he is offered the central role, not under the shadow of a Messi or a Ronaldo.

    We all repeat he is leaving a Champions League favourite for a Europa League team. But he has tried his luck with Juve twice now. He’s a 23 year old boy who twice had the bitter experience of losing in CL in the last minute with Juve. There is no guarantee that this year will be any different than the last two (we all hope it is, but let’s be objective

    On the other hand, if he is going to go to Manchester, this is the year for him. Let’s not forget he left there a villain (quite like how he is leaving our beloved Juve now), and has to atone and regain fans’ trust in himself. What better way to do it than rescuing them from the mess they are in right now? If all goes according to plan (and a bitter part of me wishes against it!), next year this time, he’ll be the hero who managed to return United to the top. With another summer of Mourinho big spending, they’ll be CL contenders in no time. (and don’t tell me money can’t buy success, it certainly bought success for Real Madrid often enough.)

    I’m not saying making this move is morally right, nor condoning all his shenanigans this summer (which I believe were extremely disrespectful and distasteful). All I’m saying is, as a business+footballing decision, his move is not a bad idea for him, if he wants to win Ballon d’Or.

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      Peter August 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

      I absolutely agree. He left United for his career, he leaves us for it too.

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      elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Thank you for this post, Hani. You should participate more!

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        Hani August 9, 2016 at 1:51 pm

        Thank you guys for the welcome, really appreciate it.

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      BelgianJuventino August 9, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Thank you for posting such a valuable comment here! Always welcome to read this

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      Jas August 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Excellent post, plenty of food for thought! Welcome juventino!!

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    BelgianJuventino August 9, 2016 at 5:34 am

    This is one of those moments I feel disgusted by football. The beating heart is no longer the love for the game or the fans, its hard, cold cash.

    Dont know what I feel about Pogba right now, I just wish he had done it more dignified. If he wants Utd so badly, he could have just said so and be done with it. Not this toying around with us all for months.

    Goodbye Paul. I wish I could sincerely say I wish you well at Utd, but I cant. All I can say is I dont really care about what you do anymore.

    No good luck and no harm either. You played us all too long.

    Next time we meet, I hope Juve will smash Utd to bits and pieces, but that wont happen for at least one more year eh..

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      Jas August 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      The best form of revenge is a victory with vengeance!!!! I really hope we run in to Man U next year in champions league.

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        BelgianJuventino August 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm

        Indeed, I want the satisfaction of knocking them out ourselves

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      KPS235 August 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      fuk this twat! will never care about this prick and i hope he will flop hard.same money hunter like the other two twats – vidal & coman. fuck them all.

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    JuveMarchisio August 9, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Pogba, Morata leaving us does hurt and off course money is a bad influencer and the demon in this game, but the only thing I really like, they are both going to their “mother-clubs”, the club where they grew up. So Pogba, Morata, goodluck! Hope we’ll but you in CL finale 🙂

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      Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 8:34 am

      i dont see that as being a good thing, IN fact it is a Horrible thing; Perhaps because i’m to prideful, and maybe because i like waving my middle finger around to much but here is the thing. Both Parent clubs in this scenario Miss treated these players, what i mean by that is:
      – They where never given a fair chance
      – They where never focused on thus molded for greatness
      – They where never pampared and raised “Molded”
      – They where never inspired and emotioanally suported “Molded”
      – They where never Believed in at their parent clubs

      JUVE was the one who did all these things. The clubs had no patience, Madrid and MU both saw them as dead weight thus got rid of them on a free or for cheap. If that where to ever happen to me as a soccer player i would have given them the finger when they came looking back for me after ANOTHER CLUB in this case Juve did everything that they failed, and did not want to do.

      If vice Versa where true If Madrid and MU really cared, Pogs and Morata would have just been loaned out, but no, they where disrespectfully used as poker chips, and like dogs with their tail between their legs they both go back running to the abusive owner that mistreated them and Hindered their growth. Despicable! i hate them for it! bunch of weak men with weak spirit, who care more about money and fame than Loyalty. i wish for nothing more than Juve performing a double or triple win of the CL cup to spite them all! make them cry for leaving us!

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        JuveMarchisio August 9, 2016 at 2:09 pm

        that’s your point of view, if they were treated like dogs, they would never return now. Morata and Pogba came here for playing time and return now to show what Juve tought them at the clubs they dreamed playing for as kids. Honestly Pogba could ‘ve gone to real madrid, but he wanted to play for Manchester United. I’m not happy with that, no other team is greater than Juve but that’s me, that’s us… Morata was a deal with a bringback clause, so actually a loan deal, Pogba is making us rich, so thanks for what you all did for us, but like after Zidane, Vidal, … we will get stronger and stronger … FORZA JUVE !!

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          Gerald Quinn August 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm

          but Morata had a say Correct? that was my understanding in that whole saga, if Morata would have rejected madrid they wouldent have activated the buy back clause…idk well i hope you are right, Problem is there arent many midfielders who can do what pogba did, Matic and Rakatic are the only ones who come to mind, and they arent equally as marketable.

          Pogba was a rising superstar, he could have put Juve back in the international map, and brought in millions, now that glory goes to a shitty team like MU. Pjaca may turn out to be as marketable and great but only time will tell

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    Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 9, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Was stalking Evra on the instagram and this mofo is a character. Works hard and has true love for the sport and fitness in general, from what it seems.

    Truly appreciate patrice evra and how great hes been for us since he signed.

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      KPS235 August 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      except his fukn stupid mistake against bayern, will not forget him that!

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    Juveway August 9, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Late sale of pogba might hurt Juve this season.

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      JuveMarchisio August 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

      how do you mean, IMO juve knew Pogba was leaving, buying Higuaín, Pjaca, Pjanic (Benatia) and maybe one extra (Wistel), was like when Zidane left us. Nedved turned out to be one of the best buys ever, hopefully, Pjanic can be our new Nedved in that way. IMO the squad we have now is far better as last year even without Pogba…great mercato!!

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      BelgianJuventino August 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      I dont think our management was caught unaware of the transfer. Pretty sure they have been looking at CM’s for a while and I suspect it wont be too long before a new guy walks in. Assuming discussions go well with club and player

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        Juveway August 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

        Then why they dont have secured a top mid till now.Khedira cant even play 90 mins and is extreme fragile and marchisio is injured.You also know Allegri always take more time in integrating new players.Crap like hernanes and pereyra are still in the club and pogba is sold for 80 mil and marrota burnt it all on an unfit 29 year old player.

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          BelgianJuventino August 9, 2016 at 3:14 pm

          Relax mate! Khedira is fully fit, he is injury prone indeed but when fit, he is solid for the full game! Marchisio is healing well and we have Asamoah back, who also seems to have healed well.. He is almost a new signing himself! Not as flashy as Pogba but a worthy player nonetheless.

          There is also Pjanic to consider!

          Pereyra and Hernanes will likely be sold and who knows, Witsel added to the team? Dont despair yet, there is still time left.

          And Higuain does need to hit the gym. But he will do so too. That chubby bunny will soon have disappeared.

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            Juveway August 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm

            Khedira is fully fit, he is injury prone indeed but when fit, he is solid for the full game
            that’s not the case mate against Bayern if he would have been fit enough to play for 90 mins we would have won the game.Game changed when sturaro came in for him and in seria A he was subbed in by allegri.On witsel already 28 better we get matic and dahoud/tielsman

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      Jas August 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      I think Juve is stronger this year than they were last year. The only question is, can Higguain deliver in big games like Morata did. We know he is a beast in serie a but now the expectations are raised. I think Pjanic is the bargain of the decade at $30 million. He put up better numbers than Pogba did at a weaker club in all aspects. Please people forget Pjanic delivers in champions league, even looking back at his Lyon days where he single handedly eliminated real madrid few years back. Even with Pogba gone, this is the most exciting season to be a juventino in the last decade. Besides if my guess is correct, Lemina will fit in for Pogba perfectly, even more so on the defensive side. Really no reason to panic in any sort of way as we are stronger this year.

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        Juveway August 9, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        Pogba was the best player in CL last year.And on pjanic great mid but pogba>>pjanic defensively.Also that is a wrong concept pjanic eliminated real single handedly.
        On higuain he never impressed anyone in Europe.
        Khedira also cant even last 90 mins bringing on the same point as of last year depending on hernanes and sturaro

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          Hani August 9, 2016 at 3:14 pm

          But it is not all about the roster and squad talent is it? Juve have more tactical versatility now, more self-belief and confidence which will come in handy against top opposition.

          Also, there is more depth in the squad, which allows Allegri to rotate his squad efficiently before CL games. Higuain doesn’t necessarily have to score in big matches to be useful for CL (which by no means is impossible for him), if his goal-scoring abilities help the team conserve more energy against minnows, Juve will be stronger against top opposition. I would argue that each elimination from CL (2 times against Bayern and once Barca) was down to fitness levels, not technical or tactical qualities. Juve players simply ran out of energy to effectively press and control the games. But that’s the subject of another post.

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          Hani August 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

          Oh, and Pogba was never key to Juve CL form. The key for Juve has always been tactical organisation and team work. Pogba has always been just “one” piece of the puzzle, nothing more. I can’t think of any instance that his heroics alone saved us in a match.

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            Juveway August 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm

            scored goal against Bayern assist against Dortmund(for winning goal)city gladbach real Madrid etc……………..

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            Hani August 9, 2016 at 3:49 pm

            As part of the team. Sturaro scored against Bayern too, can we say he was key to Juve?
            I’m not arguing that Pogba is not a great midfielder. He is. But he did not carry Juve on his shoulders, quite contrary. I’m sorry he left, but the team can go on without him. In 2014/2015 season, he was injured for semi-final game against Real, but we didn’t notice his absence, did we?

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            Juveway August 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm

            that were only few e.g

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            Hani August 9, 2016 at 3:59 pm

            I can also blame Pogba for Bayern’s goals in Munich. On first goal he was supposed to cover Costa, but left him free to make a perfect cross. On second goal, he left the ball to Evra who was surrounded by two Bayern players. You see his goal, I see his clumsy tactical mistakes.

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    thegutterpoet August 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

    As a passionate juve fan who also follows the premier league steadfastly, and has long enjoyed Man United over any other team (at least until Ferguson left) I am drenched with apathy. The transfer saga has been boring and confirmation of both the commercialisation of the sport and that Pogba is a bit of a twat.

    He has been, at times, outstanding for Juve, yet never close to the most pivotal player of the season in any of the four he was present in the ranks. And when push came to shove last term, with Vidal, Pirlo and Tevez departing and Marchisio injured, Pogba, wearing the number 10, was wholly unable to not just rise to the occasion but even produce any memorable moment. At least until Claudio then Barzagli returned and the listing ship was steadied.

    He has much to learn, explosive talent which at times is world class and unplayable for opponents. It is fair enough to consider him a box to box midfielder, but he finds the ball deep, or has it served up on a plate rather than regularly wins the ball. And it is then that he comes to life, for his ability to link the play and especially to drive at the opposition with power and flair, can be very classy indeed. His short and long passing are fine and inventive and his shooting from range can be superb. He has scored some of our finest individual efforts these last four years.

    I suppose its accurate to describe him as an attacking midfielder able to be deployed in a box to box role. Yet this has worked out – beyond my understanding – solely on the left of a central midfield trio. As for France, as at Juve, when playing on the right he is less potent.

    It is fair to say that he regressed last season. Perhaps he feels that he will progress further under Mourinho. He is like Yaya Toure in his heyday minus the defensive zeal.

    At 23, with the hype and glamour and riches on offer in England, his move makes sense, yet its not really in line with his own ambition; to become the world’s best, for that must be put aside for at least one season as he will be absent from testing himself against the cream of the crop in Europe. Its also instructive to some degree that the stronger clubs (in terms of challenging for top honours) chose not to enter the bidding. Man U are an enormous club, yet money does not always buy you success at the top level, hence their absence from the premier european competition this season.

    Raiola has obviously played a mega role in the move, which has nothing to do with anything but lining his own pocket. For an agent to receive 20m if this is true, is lunacy yet a sign of chaotic times.

    With less time on the ball, he may struggle, but he will be playing against generally weaker defences and in a more open league so it balances out. I cannot wish him well or woe. Just wish he had comported himself with more dignity during this bothersome saga. And announcing himself with the goonery of stormzy confirms he has a lively dose of twat about him. Yet, what else can we expect for a 23 year old with the world at his feet. He may live to regret the move, yet surely Man U will qualify for the champions league next year.

    Clearly not a prototype of Pogba, yet Asamoah can slot in to the LCM role and probably prove more consistently valuable yet not as often a match winner. Juve have strengthened overall, which is all I can hope for each season. And not all hope is lost for loyalty in the game, for Bonucci refused tripling his wages to stay at Juve and say NON GRAZIE to the premier league…

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    Jas August 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    If he would’ve stayed I think we could seriously see our self in the champions league final but money talks and bullshit walks my friends… the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The glamour of premier league ey?? Serie A will keep losing talent unless the rest of the league gets better. I’ve said it many times but unless the milanese clubs start investing it will be even less appealing. Serie A where AC Milan finishes below the top 4 consistently is not an appealing league. Outside of Juve’s champions league run last year not a single team has reached the semi finals since Inter 7 years ago. I dont blame juventus for this loss i blame the rest of cheap, set in their ways serie a teams. Pogba was a flashy prick, we already knew that. He liked the limelight, wanted more money, all fair and maybe he did love Juventus but couldn’t resist the temptation. Besides, look at how much money united, man city, chelsea are investing. No one in serie a comes even close with that. So how does anyone expect serie a to compete in champions league. Outside of Juventus no one comes even close to competing in champions league from Serie A. I am really hoping these new chinese firms invest some fresh capital in the milan teams. Clearly Roma and Napoli are substandard outside of serie, Napoli got kicked out in the playoff round and by some miracle roma actually made it out the group stage last year. Wake up FIGC!!!

    On a side note, Additions of Pjanic, Benatia, Pjaca and Higguain more than outweigh the loss of Pogba so I am still very much optimistic for my lavechiasignora.

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      elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I don’t think losing Pogba has decreased our chances in CL, though.. we got to the CL finals with a less complete team than this season’s.

      I also don’t think Italian teams need to start spending more money to get better.. we improved from two 7th places in a row with veeery inexpensive transfers. I think they need to begin by changing their mentality. You can’t be great if you continue to play the victim.

      Also, fuck Milanese clubs.. I’ll cheer for Sassuolo and hope for a top 5 finish this year so they can continue playing EPL and growing.

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      BelgianJuventino August 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      We need Milan especially to step it up. And Roma and Napoli to make a serious leap forward in quality.

      I cant make myself say I want a better Inter though, I just cant..:P

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        Jas August 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm

        A serie A where only Juventus can compete in Europe isn’t a league for me. I despise Inter too but I think Mancini just left because the management is refusing to really invest in the team.

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          BelgianJuventino August 10, 2016 at 5:33 am

          I would love a strong Serie A with the usual shit Inter in it tho!

          Traditionally speaking yes we need both Milano teams again. But if some of Roma, Napoli, Sassuolo, Fiorentina could become genuine contenders year in and year out, that would be fine too for me.

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        thegutterpoet August 10, 2016 at 10:29 am

        I see both those sides improving this term and it would be wonderful to see AC stepping up a gear in turn. Napoli have money still to burn and I would smile to see Icardi make the move. Considering how solid they were last season, if Napoli can replace the fire power or share it around more they will be a threat. They are very well drilled and play good football.

        Spalletti is no mug, and we will likely see some steel added to their flair.

        Unfortunately AC appear to be broke…and as for Inter, I always wish to see them fail.

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          BelgianJuventino August 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

          I hope they can make An impact in the CL, I really do. But we kinda took their best players away ourselves, I am not sure they have improved much.

          Icardi at Napoli is really a suiting combination. A shit human being with a shit club. Perfect.

          I hope ACM can salvage their mercato a bit and with time I think the Chinese will make it big again

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 10, 2016 at 12:14 am

      Losing Vidal and Tevez on top of that was a much more majore loss then Pogba.

      Ive been binge watching roma matches just a bit and pjanic seems to be a perfect suit for our midfield. Love his style of play and i feel it will definitely strengthen our playing style. Plus his inclusion has definitely added

      Last season, i also had the mosfortune of missing most of the matches Khedira featured in and just recently got to watch some and i never knew how much of a dribbler he was.

      I wonder if people realize how string our midfield really is. The inly problems i see are fitness related ones

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        Dybala August 10, 2016 at 2:54 am

        Juve always knew Pogba was gonna leave. That’s why they got Pjanic when they did.

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        thegutterpoet August 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

        Big Sami is a world class midfielder, John. We are always a better side with him playing and indeed, as you mention, he dribbles well yet it is his distribution and movement and intelligence which I admire. He takes up the perfect position 9 times out of 10 and is rarely profligate with the ball at his feet. If we can keep him for a major part of the season, our midfield will be extremely strong, even without Claudio until late this year.

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          Papilaya(John)™★★★ August 10, 2016 at 4:34 pm

          Certainly agree. I cant wait to see the three of our star midfielders playing togeth

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    Hani August 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    The #10 is sold, long live the #10.

    Or is it too soon to give Dybala the #10 shirt? For me he is the closest we can get to a Del Piero heir, and actually reminds me a lot of young Ale. He has shown great conduct last season, both on and off the field. It is also, in my opinion, a good signal by the club to the fans that “don’t worry, Pogba is sold, but the team will march on strong as ever”.

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      Dybala August 10, 2016 at 2:52 am

      Dybala reminds me of Messi.

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        Hani August 10, 2016 at 4:13 am

        I believe I gave him a higher compliment here 😉

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      BelgianJuventino August 10, 2016 at 5:30 am

      He is by far the best choice and he should take it imo

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    elisadallomo August 9, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    No, no, no. I wanted Angry Female Rock, not Sad Female Pop….. although it is true that we could’ve had it all……

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    VonKellef August 9, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    So Disco is coming in to play trequartista, Pjanic is gonna play regista and Matic is gonna play defensive midfielder. Not that shabby..not that shabby at all.

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    Dar Black August 9, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Ok, so fair play to him, at least he has given some big respect to the club and it’s supporters. Not dissing us with that petty ‘so glad to be at a big club now’ jibe bullsh*t that Zlatan has pulled a couple of times when moving to new clubs.

    So he’s gone, that’s that, and we are done with Mr Pogba now. He will be remembered as a fine player, and for his participation in 5 historic titles back to back and the Champions League final.

    Sadly for him he would become a Juve legend if he had stayed for a record breaking 6th title, and a CL win. But he wanted to go home to Utd for the money and Europa League.

    Each to their own. Cheerio Pogs.

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    ho Hi August 10, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Juve gets 73 mill??

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      Juveway August 10, 2016 at 10:53 am

      yes + 5mil bonus

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      VonKellef August 10, 2016 at 11:06 am

      I have read something similar to that. Raiola gets his huge cut and Juventus doesn’t end up with a lot if you think about.

      Cudos to Raiola. Playing it like a amazing businessman.
      I wonder how much he put in his pocket from these 3 transfers to United this summer. Also read something about him getting his fair share of Pogbas yearly salary.

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        Juveway August 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

        Its more comedown to marrota inability to sell than that fatcunt raiola.Lets just fuck that deal and get a good mid midfielder so we can have a brilliant squad to lift CL.
        DYBALA10 and PJANIC21

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          VonKellef August 10, 2016 at 11:22 am

          If we can get Witsel for a maximum amount of 15m then bring him in. A penny more than that, it’s not worth it. Beacuse we can get him for free next year. It’s between us and Everton. If he wants to challenge for Carling Cup and get a decent salary than let him join Everton.

          I think with the Pogba money, Isla, Morata and probably Zaza we should try to sign Matic, Isco and maybe Gabigol and lend him back to his club until at least next year so he won’t rotten on the bench.

          To expect that Marotta is gonna be a Moggi transfer guru is unrealistic. He has done an amazing job at bringing in fresh blood. But he is no Moggi when it comes to selling. That guy had the deals done to reinforce even before he had sold for an over price.

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            Juveway August 10, 2016 at 11:29 am

            marrota with paratici is great at buying.Selling work solely depend on marrota and selling vidal for 40 and llorente for free are recent e.g
            isco will never come.better we get dahoud

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            VonKellef August 10, 2016 at 11:40 am

            If we can get Isco for 40-45m we should get him in a heartbeat!

            His offensive skills are amazing, he can score amazing goals from a distance and Ancelotti really improved his defensive skills.

            Mahmoud Dahoud is a young, hungry and promising player. But I don’t think he wants to leave Mönchenglabach. He said in an interview that he still wants to improve at his current club and feels it is not the right time to move on.
            If he would change his mind if Juventus came knocking. I don’t know.

            Has anyone considered Mata as a trequartista?
            He is not more than 28 or 29 and can probably go for not that much as Mourinho haven’t including him in his future plans.

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            Juveway August 10, 2016 at 11:51 am

            isco is good and also very inconsistent dahoud is special and you will see after 2 or 3 years

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            VonKellef August 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

            I’m not saying that Dahoud isn’t good. He will hopefully even be better in the future
            But can he take a spot in this Juventus starting 11?
            That is the question here. Because we need to bring in some quality in that midfield ASAP.
            I believe Isco can be the one to do it. Also I don’t agree with you on his defensive skills. As I stated earlier. That was one part that Ancelotti really developed with him. And he became really good at it. Sacrificing him self for the team, doing the dirty work and not being able to shine with his talented offense.

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            Juveway August 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm

            agree to disagree

            isco is quite overrated imo and isco is a good sub not a starting material for an elite CL team.dahoud will be special in future.
            never seen such a performance from isco dominating a top 4 European side.

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        ho Hi August 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        That taste bittersweet man!!

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      KPS235 August 10, 2016 at 9:34 am

      this is bullshit, 25m for raiola goes from english pocket

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        Juveway August 10, 2016 at 10:52 am

        this is exactly what gazetta dello sports are reporting

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          KPS235 August 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

          gazzeta is real piece of shit bulvare for me , they post some crazy bs mostly, i dont even read gazzeta’ stupid rumours, if we didnt get 105(+5) m , it wouldnt be record sale.however, hope we use the money wisely,

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        ho Hi August 10, 2016 at 10:53 am

        Thanks. But how much does Juve really get?

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    JuveMarchisio August 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

    honestly, I would like to see Hernanes, Pereyra, Sturaro,… leave before we buy another midfielder. I’m giving credits to Asamoah he is like an incoming transfer, hoping he is staying.
    Pjanic, Khedira, Marchisio, Asamoah, Lemina and X
    such a pitty we didn’t get gundogan

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      Juveway August 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

      I am with you but sturaro would never leave he is Italian and a reasonable option at bench.
      Hernanes and pereyra are wasteful

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    KPS235 August 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Cagliari signed Isla for 4,5m euro
    Zaza flying out to Wolfsburg, 25m reported fee, Simone should earn 4,5m per season
    – Mandragora out for 3 to 4 months after foot surgery.

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      VonKellef August 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Never seen Mandragora play.

      Would love to hear more about him?
      Personal information, style of play, position etc.

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        Jas August 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm

        Mandragora is a defensive wiz, no wonder he made his serie a debut at 18. He has skyroof potential and reminds me allot off thiago motta no wonder we spent and bought him. Only problem is his last injury is causing havoc, he will probably be out half a year now.

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          KPS235 August 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm

          3 -4 months out after last surgery,

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          VonKellef August 11, 2016 at 6:47 am

          Better not to rush him then. Let him take his time with rehabilitation and hopefully he comes back even stronger than before.

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        KPS235 August 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

        never seen him too mate