‘I did nothing to keep Pogba when Juve told me the numbers’

Date published: Thursday 29th June 2017 11:55

Max Allergri says that he did not fight to keep Paul Pogba from Manchester United when Juventus told him “the numbers” involved in the deal.

Pogba returned to Old Trafford for a world-record fee of £89.3million last August, having spent four years at Juventus.

He joined the Italian side on a free transfer after leaving United as a teenager in 2012, and he quickly became a key part of the first team in Turin.

The Frenchman won four consecutive Serie A titles at Juventus, as well as four other trophies, and a runners-up medal in the 2015 Champions League final after defeat to Barcelona.

Allegri would have liked to have kept the “extraordinary” Pogba, but did nothing to keep him after being told of the world-record figure.

Discussing the club’s history of selling players such as Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, Allergi was vocal over their transfer policy.

“Tevez and Pirlo made a choice, Vidal was a market opportunity that Juventus decided to exploit, along with me. The year after was different,” he told Sky Italia.

“All three years were different, the first year we just had to grow in Europe without disturbing anything.

“Then in the second year with 10 new players, the veterans didn’t recognise the dressing room, it took time to start again in a different way.

“I didn’t ask for [Gonzalo] Higuain, but I did give directions and I said it was necessary to improve.

“Pogba or Paulo Dybala? Dybala’s game is easier on the eye, but Pogba is extraordinary because he has physicality and technique.

“I did nothing to keep Pogba, because when the club told me the numbers…”

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