Lo Celso would lift creative pressures on Paul Pogba and help him play his natural game

Manchester United could challenge Tottenham Hotspur for the signature of Giovani Lo Celso of Real Betis, according to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira.

What’s the word, then?

Lo Celso has impressed hugely since his loan move to Real Betis last summer, a deal which has since been made permanent.

The Argentine was on the books at PSG before making his big money switch to Seville, but it looks as though he could be on the move once more with Manchester United and Tottenham interested in the midfielder.

Lo Celso has registered 16 goals and six assists this season for the Spanish club, and BBC are reporting that Spurs have made a bid for the star worth £53m.

It would seem Man Utd are in the hunt for more creative options in midfield with the likes of Juan Mata expected to leave.

Creative responsibility shift

Paul Pogba has delivered mixed displays since his £89m arrival from Juventus three years ago.

The Frenchman arrived with a huge reputation and with incredible responsibility on his shoulders. At times he’s looked mesmerising, at others unconvincing and disinterested. There’s no doubt he possesses the talent, but perhaps signing another midfield creator will help bring the best out of the France star.

Pogba starred in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup winning side playing in a two-man base in midfield with a number 10 in front of him. While Antoine Griezmann is not a ‘number 10’ in the conventional sense, he was still filling that position in a 4-2-3-1 system but adapting it to make more direct runs beyond the striker.

Pogba is expected to do everything at United, simply because he has the attributes to do so. A great passing range, unrelenting stamina, skill and an eye for goal, the list goes on.

However, in no other team throughout his career has he been expected to be the main source of creativity like he is at United. Most would consider Pogba’s greatest asset to be his power – when he strides down the pitch there’s few who can stop him, but unfortunately this is very hard to get out of the midfielder if he’s always got the ball at his feet in tight spaces.

Looking back at his goals this season, the Frenchman has scored most of them (excluding the penalties) from making runs into the box and getting on the end of other players’ creative inspiration. Because he runs from deep and does so intelligently, he’s able to use his instinct and quality to deliver the final product without being easily tracked.

The arrival of Lo Celso would streamline all of Man Utd’s football through the Argentine and allow Pogba the freedom to roam around the pitch when attacking to instinctively find areas for him to exploit, rather than being expected to be the hub of inspiration. Instead of trying to continually make something out of nothing, the Frenchman can join the attack when it fits his skills set best.

Lo Ceslo could be the signing who finally allows Pogba to fully flourish at Old Trafford.

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