Arsenal’s hopes of signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba have taken a huge blow after the Serie A champions ruled out selling the player.
Reports had claimed that Arsenal were preparing to line up a £20m bid to bring the former Manchester United player to the Emirates Stadium before the September 2 transfer deadline.
However, Juve director general Giuseppe Marotta has issued a hands-off warning to clubs chasing the talented Frenchman and insisted that the 20-year-old is not for sale at any price.
“Forget about Pogba,” Marotta told Tuttosport.
“We do not have the slightest intention of listening to any offer which may arrive for our midfielder.”
With Claudio Marchisio currently nursing a knee injury it seems that Pogba will be an instrumental part of the Turin club’s midfield for next few months.
The player himself insisted that he was planning to stay at Juventus beyond the summer.
“I’m good at Juventus but I want to focus only on the World Cup,” said Pogba back in June.
“On my future I have no news, so of course I will stay at Juventus.”
Pogba has established himself as a first-team regular at the Old Lady, scoring five goals in 27 appearances in Juve’s title-winning campaign and getting on the score-sheet in Sunday’s 4-0 demolition of Lazio in the Supercoppa.