Juve stars discussing contract extensions - including former United target

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The 21-year-old midfielder is one of the best young players in world football, and looks set to stay in Turin.

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta says former Manchester United and Chelsea target Paul Pogba is in talks with the Serie A champions about signing a new deal.

Pogba famously left Old Trafford at the end of his contract, signing for Serie A giants Juventus in 2012 after making just a handful of appearances at United.

The young Frenchman immediately impressed in Turin, making 37 appearances and scoring 5 times in his first season, followed by 9 strikes in 51 games last year. 

It helped the former Le Havre player to become the best young player in France, with Pogba now having won 16 caps and scored 3 goals, as well as winning the World Cup Young Player of the Year award in Brazil this summer.

Unsurprisingly, it caused admiring glances from those that remember his ability at Old Trafford, as well as alleged interest from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. And month after month the fees necessary to bring him back to England go up and up, with figures of £50-60 million now continuously quoted.

But with United also chasing Pogba's Juventus teammate Arturo Vidal, yet making hard work of signing either player, the Italian club's general director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that the midfielder, as well as Italian icons Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are in talks regarding new contracts.

"With Pogba and his agent we started a negotiation and I am optimistic that there may be an agreement soon," said Marotta.

"The Buffon contract is ready. It is up to him to decide when to come and sign and decide when to stop playing football," he added.

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"Chiellini’s contract is in the home stretch."

With Pogba about to tie up a lucrative new deal at Juve, Chelsea and Manchester United may just have to admire from afar for now.

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