€100M MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH FOR POGBA NEXT YEAR - JUVENTUS

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The Juventus director general has cited the money

being spent by Premier League clubs to back his

claim that the Frenchman's value is only going to

rise.

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has

warned Paul Pogba's suitors that €100 million might

not be enough to sign the midfielder next year.

The France international is one of the most coveted

players in world football and was this summer

courted by European champions Barcelona, who

failed with an €80m bid for the 22-year-old.

Marotta has now claimed that Pogba's value is only

going to rise in the next 12 months, citing the

€1.17bn Premier League clubs spent during the

summer transfer window as evidence of the

remarkable rate of inflation within football.

"The market is only going to grow," the Juve

director told reporters on Wednesday. "The Premier

League is the example: prices that are normal today

would have been crazy yesterday.

"If Pogba should maintain the levels of last year,

€100m might not be enough next year.

"Maintaining a winning team is about making great

signings, but when you're faced with offers of over

€100m, you wobble.

"But Juve wants to win and that's why we kept

him."

Juve, though, lost a number of key players during

the summer, with playmaker Andrea Pirlo leaving

for New York FC, top scorer Carlos Tevez returning

to Boca Juniors and midfield dynamo Arturo Vidal

joining Bayern Munich.

The Bianconeri have made several signings to

replace those who have departed, including Paulo

Dybala, Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic, but

Massimiliano Allegri's men have made a dismal

start to their Serie A title defence, losing their

opening two fixtures for the first time ever.

Marotta, though, is calling for calm, arguing that

fatigue is a factor and that patience was always

going to be needed to allow the revamped squad to

gel.

"We worked during the summer window with the

idea of creating a mix of experience and youth," he

added. "For us, the market represented a

metamorphosis.

"We lost at Roma [last weekend] because we're still

in the initial phase of the season. It's a question of

preparation and significant journeys like the one to

Shanghai [for the Supercoppa Italiana].

"Facing last year's runners-up in the second round

of the season is not an excuse but that was not the

real Juve.

"Credit to Roma, but they are only three points.

We're now starting for six points down and we must

make them up.

"But our season starts now and I'm not worried

about the quality of the players. We have a very

good group.

"A period of adjustment was always necessary but

we are Juventus and we must win."


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