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Written By Onyeka Daniel

It’s currently not looking good for French midfielder, Paul Pogba as the anti-doping prosecutor’s office in Italy have concluded their procedures following his failed doping test in August and are now requesting a four-year suspension for the Juventus midfielder.

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Pogba had failed a routine doping test following Juventus’ 3-0 victory over Udinese in Serie A at the end of August last season . In the initial test and the subsequent counter-analysis, Pogba had traces of DHEA in his system, a substance prohibited in Serie A. The maximum four-year sentence will be the sanction in the event that there is no plea bargain negotiated from Pogba’s side.

Pogba is expected by multiple outlets to go to trial in front of the national anti-doping tribunal. He has been provisionally suspended since the results of the initial doping test came in. The 30-year-old has played just 52 minutes of competitive action across two Serie A appearances for Juve this season. Though he was on the bench, Pogba was not involved in the game against Udinese after which he tested positive for DHEA.


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His contract, whichh earned him an annual sum of €8m net prior to his suspension, is valid until the summer of 2026. However, he has been receiving a salary of €42,000 per year during his ban. If Pogba were to be suspended for four years, reports have it that Juve could seek to terminate the contract unilaterally.

Four-year bans are standard under the World Anti-Doping Code but can be reduced in cases where an athlete can prove their doping was not intentional, if the positive test was a result of contamination or if they provide “substantial assistance” to help investigators.

The player has made no public comments on the case. “Humanely, I´m sorry for Paul,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said in October when asked about the doing case. The doping case is another negative note for a player who has been bothered by injuries ever since rejoining Juventus from Manchester United in July of last year.

He was ruled out of France´s run to the World Cup final last year due to a knee injury, played in only six Serie A matches for Juventus last season and two this season. There´s also been a police investigation ongoing in France into allegations that Pogba was targeted by extortionists – including by his older brother Mathias, who has denied any wrongdoing. He scored for France in the 4-2 win over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final. He played in 178 matches for Juventus from 2012-16.

Meanwhile…

Dutch midfielder, Donny van de Beek will leave Manchester United in the January transfer window and according to reports, there are four options for the Dutchman in Serie A, but Juventus appears the less likely destination.

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Van De Beek, 26, has only played 21 minutes for Manchester United this season and will surely leave Old Trafford in the winter transfer window. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Serie A clubs can hope to sign the former Ajax player if the Red Devils agree to loan him out and pay a big slice of his salary until June.

Juventus have been mentioned as a possible option by English media, but the report stated that Turin is an unlikely destination for him, given that Manchester United would rather pick a club where VDB can play consistently. This is why Genoa could be a feasible option especially because the Grifone already tried to get Van De Beek on loan last summer.

Furthermore, the 26-year-old has already been offered to Fiorentina, while Dutch players at Atalanta would help the Manchester United midfielder settle in Bergamo. Still, it remains to be seen if La Dea and Fiorentina are interested in securing the player’s services in the January transfer window.

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