Paul Pogba has to be one of the most sought after players in Europe at the moment.
Described as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world, he has been compared to the standards of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and every club who has the money to spare has been trying to convince the Frenchman to sign for them.
For many week’s it has looked like the France international could be heading to Manchester, but which half?. He could choose United – the club who regard him as the “one that got away” – or to Manchester City, the club that attracts big names with big money and are desperate to win the Champions League.
When Pogba left United, Sir Alex Ferguson fought very hard to keep him but was eventually unsuccessful. It is now possible that because of the past, Pogba will be put off from joining United again, alongside his doubts about the playing style of Louis Van Gaal.
When you compare the two Manchester clubs, it is clear that Pogba would fit better at City. The Etihad club are greatly lacking in midfielders who are able to compete in the Champions League. This season has seen Yaya Toure have a tough time at the club and Pogba could be the perfect player to replace him and make them even better. The youngster is not about to leave Champion’s League finalists Juventus for club that cannot seriously challenge in the competition.
It was always difficult to see where Pogba would fit in at Manchester United as Van Gaal likes to play 4-3-3, which wouldn’t suit the midfielder’s style, and the announcement that young Dutchman Memphis Depay will be joining the Red Devils in the summer.
Former United defender Gary Neville believes that the 21-year-old is perfect for the club as he will bring pace, goals and movement to the wing. Since agreeing the deal, discussions with Pogba have quietened down and while they don’t play in the same position, it seems that Depay’s signing could end up preventing the Frenchman from returning to his former club.
Whichever club Pogba signs for this summer, it was always going to come down to money, as other clubs including PSG are showing an interest in signing him.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed last week that City need to find their own Messi to compete in the Champions League. The club have been freed from Financial Fair Play restrictions and are ready to spend big – with it looking likely that Pogba will be sold for around £75million, he could very easily become the most expensive player in the world, overtaking Gareth Bale’s £85.3million deal, if clubs start a bidding war for the player.
If Pogba is coming to England it seems more and more likely that he will be introduced to the blue side of the city.
Could we be about to see another “Welcome to Manchester” sign?