JUVENTUS have stormed into pole-position in the battle to sign Manchester United's Paul Pogba.
The midfielder's agent, Mino Raiola, dropped a transfer bombshell earlier this week.
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He declared the Frenchman wanted to leave Old Trafford and would be actively seeking a new club during the January transfer window.
Real Madrid were initially installed as favourites to sign the 27-year-old, priced at 11/4.
But they've drifted to 5/1 over the past 24 hours with Pogba's former club Juventus now the standout market leaders.
The Serie A champions were 11/2 outsiders but they've been heavily backed into 7/4 favouritism.
A move to Paris Saint-Germain to link up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar has also shortened from 5/1 to 3/1 overnight.
Barcelona are 14/1 while Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are all locked at 33s with a move Stateside to any MLS club is a 60/1 long shot.
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- Juventus – 7/4
- Paris Saint-Germain – 3/1
- Real Madrid – 5/1
- Inter Milan – 10/1
- Barcelona – 14/1
- Manchester City – 33/1
- Chelsea – 33/1
- Bayern Munich – 33/1
- Any MLS Club – 60/1
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It was reported over the summer that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wouldn't green-light Pogba's departure for any less than £100m.
That valuation put the buffers on any potential suitors lodging offers – especially given the financial impact of the coronavirus.
However, United chiefs have now altered their stance and will accept £50m to get rid of Pogba in January.
And even though that would represent a £39m loss on their investment, former United striker Dimitar Berbatov thinks it's essential.
He told Betfair: "I still think Pogba's a great player, and like every great player it's normal to have ups and downs.
"But, with him, there have been more downs than ups this campaign and there are different factors in play as to why that is.
"If he is in his best condition and in his best form then he United will miss him, but if he continues in the form he is in then he won't be a miss at Old Trafford.
"I don't think this situation would have happened when I was playing for the club with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge, I don't think anyone would have dared to speak out against the team and manager, out of respect."
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