Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has said it would be "very difficult" for the club to bring Paul Pogba back for a second spell.

Earlier in the campaign there was speculation aplenty regarding the Frenchman's future. Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport Italia reported in the summer that Barcelona made an offer for Pogba, while Corriere dello Sport (h/t Metro) noted the midfielder had told Juventus players he wanted to come back.

However, Pogba appears much more settled at United following the departure of former manager Jose Mourinho, and Paratici has conceded a deal would be difficult to do.

"Will Pogba return to Juventus? No," he said to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Nick Howson of Goal). "In football, you never know, but I think it is very difficult."

Earlier in the campaign when Pogba was not performing well, the prospect of his leaving United in the upcoming transfer windows didn't appear to be outlandish.

After all, he'd been involved in a public disagreement with Mourinho, with the manager previously making the decision to strip the club's record signing of any captaincy responsibilities. In the Portuguese's last game in charge, Pogba was an unused substitute in a 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at United in December, the former Juventus man has looked like a different player, producing his best form in a red shirt. Sky Sports Statto summed up just how well he is performing:

The Red Devils boss also said recently that Pogba would be considered to captain the team again under his guidance:

At Juventus, the midfielder was arguably the best in his position at times, as he was able to dominate games with his panache and physicality. Until recently, Pogba couldn't reach those levels at United.

For Juventus, Pogba helped win Serie A on four occasions, as well as the Coppa Italia twice. With that in mind, it'd be a popular move with supporters if they got their former star back.

However, not only will the Red Devils resist any sale, but Juventus appear to be going in a different direction in midfield. It was confirmed on Monday that Aaron Ramsey will join the club in the summer from Arsenal, and he's earned a reputation as a productive midfielder down the years:

Pogba appears to be enjoying his football with United again, too, and when he's in this type of mood, he can be a devastating proposition for opponents, such is his range of attributes.

Juventus have financed some huge deals in recent years, most notably the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain. However, landing Pogba would be a costlier exercise than bringing in both of those superstars, making Paratici's scepticism about a future transfer understandable.