PAUL POGBA is back on Juventus’ radar, just over three years after he first left the Italian giants to rejoin Manchester United.
The Serie A champions are looking to bring the 2018 World Cup winner back to Turin – with Pogba himself seemingly willing to go ahead with the deal.
But should he return the team will look a lot different to the one he left over three years ago, with just a few familiar faces remaining.
Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala would be just a few of the survivors from the class of 2015-16 – Pogba’s final season at Juve.
During his first spell in Italy, between 2012 and 2016 – prior to his then-world-record £89million move – Pogba lined up in front of the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Patrice Evra.
Ex-Man Utd star Evra has now retired, while Lichtsteiner is at Augsburg after a dreadful stint at Arsenal.
The two full backs are replaced these days by Danilo and Sandro – with Juan Cuadrado even getting minutes in an attacking right-back spot at times under current Maurizio Sarri.
Wojciech Szczesny is the man between the sticks rather than Gianluigi Buffon, while Matthijs De Ligt starts alongside Chiellini in defence rather than Bonucci more often than not.
Khedira may still be at Juve, but his first-team minutes are limited these days with the club having an abundance of talent in the central midfield ranks.
Long gone is the Khedira, Pogba and Mario Lemina axis, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Emre Can, Adrien Rabiot, Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi all star names vying for game-time.
Up front there are a few changes too – with Mario Mandzukic no longer a viable option for the Italians it seems – in no small part thanks to the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer in a £99m move.
Dybala is still a key part of the Juventus team, but even he nearly left this summer to join one of Tottenham and United – only for the deal to fall apart thanks to issues with his third-party image rights.
Back in Pogba’s final season in Italy, he would line up with Alvaro Morata – who has now swapped Chelsea for Atletico Madrid after his time at Real Madrid came to an end.
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Not only are the players different, but the manager and even formation too.
Juve were still under the leadership of Massimiliano Allegri when Pogba left – but the Italian chief called time on his long spell at the club this summer.
In terms of formation, new boss Sarri appears to favour a 4-3-1-2 formation, rather than the preferred 4-3-3 of the Allegri era.
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