Paul Pogba had been expected to leave Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United’s hopes of keeping Paul Pogba have been given a major boost as Juventus look unlikely to sanction a big money move for the Frenchman due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The midfielder had looked set to depart Old Trafford, with Juventus and Real Madrid both interested in his services.

Pogba has angled for moves in each of the last two transfer windows but United’s board feel selling the 27-year-old would send the wrong message about the club on a global stage.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains determined to keep Pogba but talks were scheduled with his agent, Mino Raiola, in April to discuss his future.

Pogba is valued at around £100m (Picture: Getty)

However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Juventus’ hopes of signing Pogba have been dashed because of the pandemic and it looks likely the midfielder will stay at the Theatre of Dreams.

‘When we speak about Coronavirus and how it’s effecting the transfer market, I think Pogba is another example because Mino Riola and Manchester United had a meeting scheduled for the start of April,’ Romano told the United Stand.

‘In this moment they are waiting to speak about Paul because, and I am sure about what I am saying, Juventus made Pogba their top target for next summer.”

‘Since January they have started to think, one year ago, we signed De Ligt from Ajax, two years ago, we signed Cristiano Ronaldo, now next summer we want to sign Paul Pogba. They are always targeting a top player every year, to be one of the best teams in the world.

Solskjaer is keen to keep Pogba (Picture: Getty)

‘So, Juventus were going to make a bid to Paul Pogba. They know Paul Pogba wants to come back to Italy. He would be happy to come back to Italy.”

‘So, in this moment they are heading into a different situation because they also know why Manchester United might let Pogba leave in this moment for a lower price than €100 million is impossible

‘In this moment, Manchester United haven’t received a bid from Juventus, but I am sure that if Coronavirus was not here, Juventus, in this moment, today, would start talking with Manchester United, for sure.’

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