Juventus have lured Pogba away from Manchester United, says Marotta

The Italian champions' CEO claims that talks are advanced with the French teenager, but rules out a move for Mario Balotelli and Edinson Cavani
Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta claims that the Serie A side are on the verge of signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

The French teenager's future has long been a source of speculation and Marotta has stated that discussions are at an advanced stage, seemingly closing the door on the youngster extending his deal with the Premier League team.

"We have lured [Pogba] away from Manchester United," he told Corriere dello Sport. "We respected the rules.

"Pogba, for his own reasons, didn't intend to renew [his contract with United]. We informed the club and we are now waitinig for an answer. Talks are well advanced."

Marotta also played down reports that Juventus are interested in signing Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and Napoli's Edinson Cavani.

"We have never thought about Balotelli. He doesn't fit the profile we are looking at, a profile which isn't based solely on technical ability," he added.

"Cavani? You always have to consider the wishes of the clubs which own the players."