La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Juventus will terminate Paul Pogba’s contract once the midfielder is officially banned for doping.
Pogba has been suspended by the anti-doping commission as a precautionary measure, and he hasn’t trained with his Juventus teammates since September. Moreover, the Bianconeri have been allowed to lower his wages to the minimum fee guaranteed by the collective agreement, circa €2,000 per month.
According to Gazzetta, the ‘story between Pogba and the Old Lady is edging towards its end as the two parties are destined to split once the ban will be confirmed.’
Pogba returned to Juventus as a free agent from Manchester United in 2022, signing an €8m-a-year deal until 2026. However, he has struggled with injuries in his second spell in Turin as he only made eight appearances with the Old Lady before failing a doping test in August.
The pink paper claims Juventus will make a final decision on Pogba’s future only once the midfielder’s ban is confirmed. However, the Serie A giants are reportedly ready to terminate the 30-year-old contract unless he is suspended for just a few months, an unlikely scenario at this stage.
According to the report, Juventus do not want to end Pogba’s contract ‘traumatically’ so they are open to negotiating with the French midfielder and his entourage and terminating the deal by mutual agreement.
If the two parties don’t reach an agreement, Juventus can still terminate Pogba’s contract unilaterally with a request to the arbitration panel, as provided by Articles 9 and 11. Juventus are unrelated to Pogba’s failed doping test as the Frenchman took an integrator without consulting club doctors last summer. The French midfielder will fight to clear his name and has always claimed himself innocent.