Paul Pogba is a wanted man this summer.
The 23-year-old star of the latest Juventus title winning team has choices only he can make, but what will he do?
He could of course remain in Turin with Juve, but he did that last summer. Indeed, last year there was intense speculation over whether he would move or stay and a year on, we find ourselves with the same state of affairs.
Only this time, it appears as though Pogba may well decide to try his luck elsewhere and leave the comfort zone of Serie A.
A number of high profile, elite European clubs are linked with the player, unsurprisingly. From the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona, to the two likeliest destinations – Manchester United and Real Madrid.
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United don’t want to get into a bidding war with Real because Mourinho wants six players coming into Old Trafford and will be needing to spend his £250m wisely, while Real just seem to have endless pockets and can make Pogba an offer he will find hard to refuse.
So where does Pogba go next? La Liga or the Premier League?
La Liga is unknown to him. The lure of playing in the famous white shirt and following illustrious names will seem enticing and enriched with the atmosphere of playing alongside Ronaldo and Bale.
Real are European Champions and are set to break Barca hearts next year when they challenge for domestic honours, plus of course, Real guarantee perennial Champions League football without fail. Pogba will relish pitting his wits against some of the finest in the Spanish league, but even though there are positives with Real, maybe Manchester United could offer a viable alternative.
The mercurial Mourinho is a known admirer of the Frenchman and the Portuguese boss is a winner wherever he goes. He exudes charm that will need to be on tap during the transfer window because he has one thing less than Real to offer – Champions League football.
Jose will need to convince Pogba that Manchester United is the place to return to. He will need to show Pogba that a team could be built around him and that he is possibly the most important cog in the wheel, as there is no Ronaldo or Bale above him.
Mourinho could guarantee a game every week, along with the offer of helping him re-build a slightly fallen English great. Plus, of course, the Premier League is the richest and most widely watched league in the world with the talent to match its ambitions.
There is European football on offer at Old Trafford next season and like Real in La Liga, Mourinho’s United will mount a serious challenge on the Premier League title.
In that respect there are parallels. However, will Pogba want to return to the club that sold him on for just £800,000 in 2012, only to buy him back for a figure over £60m? Will it be a case of unfinished business?
It’s widely known that Mourinho wants a signing that will impact the league and make a statement, and landing Pogba would certainly do that. It’s said that the United boss decided against Miralem Pjanic in favour of signing the 23-year-old.
Real aren’t giving up either and Juventus want to keep their young star, too. Juventus have the upper hand. They already have Pogba and are demanding £85m from Real if they decide to let him go. On top of that astronomical fee, there are wages to consider and this may be a stumbling block for both United and Real.
Juventus may counter Real Madrid’s attempts to make Paul Pogba the world’s most expensive player by offering him a contract extension until 2021 and boosting his wages from €5m-a-year to €7m (£5.4m).
However this ends, we are talking club transfer records and exorbitant wage demands.
Who has been saving their loose change and will break open their piggy bank first?