Juventus not afraid of losing Paul Pogba; could this be Manchester United’s time to pounce?

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that ‘nobody knows’ what will become of the future of midfield magician Paul Pogba this summer. The French international, currently playing for his country, the hosts of Euro 2016, has unofficially been made available for sale this summer. Manchester United have been linked to their former player, who left the club in the summer of 2012 with compensation of around £800,000 paid for his services, due to his age when he left. Pogba is now said to be worth upwards of £74 million.

Allegri hopes to keep the player in Turin this summer, as he is one of, if not the best player in the team. New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on bringing the former star back home to Manchester, with Real Madrid also tipped to be interested in the player. Over the past few weeks, both Manchester City and Barcelona dropped out of the race to sign Pogba, leaving United in what the newspapers suggested was ‘pole position’. With Real Madrid waiting in the wings, pole position does not quite work out as correct. Allegri, speaking about wanting to keep the French midfielder, albeit not certain, was reported by the Manchester Evening News as saying:

“I’m not afraid of losing Pogba because both I and the club want to keep hold of him.

“At this moment in time, Paul is our player, but nobody knows what will happen tomorrow, even if we have a great desire to keep him here.

“He’s grown a lot and his second half of the season was extraordinary.”

Pogba is a stunning midfielder and demonstrates what United need in the midfield currently; strength, creativity, and physicality. Losing the Frenchman four years ago was always going to come back and hurt United, and currently, that could mean monetarily with a massive transfer fee, not to mention wages and agent fees, payable. United have the money, and to be honest, it is better being used by the club to bring in top quality players, rather that being removed from the club by the Glazers, as they have been doing over the past decade. United deserve to have the best quality players, Pogba is one that got away, that really shouldn’t have.

Last season, Pogba made 50 appearances for Juventus in all competitions, scoring ten goals. Whilst this may not look much, ten goals scored for United last season could have helped out a lot. The goal difference between United and City would have been much smaller, leaving United with a better chance to finish inside the top four. I am not saying Pogba would have scored ten times for United, but he could have. A couple of players could have made the difference last season. It could have also changed the course of some of the matches which United went on to draw or even lose. It could have easily gone the other way, though.

Pogba assisted 15 times in all competitions last season, which is a good number from the midfield. He also had 150 shots on goal, with 44 of those being on target. Every little helps, or so they say. Having Pogba back at United would no doubt end a midfielder’s career at the club, with Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger all contenders for that. Michael Carrick has signed a new one-year contract, so it is clear that Jose Mourinho has plans for him at the club. Pogba would be a great signing this summer, but also one that would not be easy. The player apparently wants to play in La Liga, with Real Madrid a destination which is possible for him. They have some superb midfielders through, so would need to get rid of at least one or two of those. Toni Kroos would be an ideal player for United to look for, should Pogba be dreaming of becoming a galactico, rather that a proper star.

The Manchester Evening News also reported that Manchester United were interested in signing Miralem Pjanic, who has now signed for Juventus. Jose Mourinho was said to have not followed up on his interest in the former Roma player, instead making Pogba his number one target instead. Juventus have in effect already replaced Pogba with a decent midfielder, one with bags of Serie A experience and one that will give them what they need post-Pogba.


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