Manchester United are now at the front of a long queue of top teams battling for the signature of Juventus’ Paul Pogba, with reports from talkSPORT claiming that a £61.25m offer has been made for his signature.
The France international left Old Trafford back in 2012 after growing frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities under then boss Sir Alex Ferguson, and has since developed into one of the continent’s top holding midfielders.
His impressive displays have lead to links with the likes of Manchester City, PSG and Real Madrid, who are three of Europe’s richest sides.
But, United are keen to win the race, with what will be a new club record fee – eclipsing the £60m paid for Angel di Maria last summer – and a lucrative contract worth around £7m-per-year.
Juve are unlikely to be open to letting the 21-year-old leave Turin this month as they plot to retain their Serie A crown, but an end of campaign switch could be a possibility.
One problem could, however, be convincing Pogba to return to Manchester, with his past experience having left him feeling “bummed”:
“I said to Ferguson: ‘Play me, and I will show you if I’m ready or not’,” he said. “Against Blackburn, on December 31, 2011, I was on the bench. Ferguson puts Rafael in midfield with Ji Sung Park. Then I gave up. I was really bummed.”