As the newest era at Manchester United continues, many players seem likely to join and leave United in the coming weeks. The names at the top of the list are probably PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, closely followed by Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, but now a new massive name has been touted to join United. The player, who left United on a free transfer a couple of years ago, is reportedly on his way back for a record fee. That sentence explains the enigmatic situation United is currently in with regards to a deal for Juventus’ Paul Pogba, a former United reject who is widely predicted to help France win Euro 2016 this year.
Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan are both represented by the same agent as Pogba, Mino Raiola– but he seems to be making much more progress in negotiating a deal for the former two than the latter, who is reportedly Mourinho’s number one target as he looks to change the way United currently plays football. Though United’s interest in Pogba apparently precedes Mourinho’s arrival, the former Chelsea manager has intensified the chase for the midfielder who seems to have won his battle for appreciation at the top-level of football. Now, the entire world is chasing after him, but he is interested in the prospect of working with Jose Mourinho; an intriguing prospect indeed; above others,
Pogba does have reservations about returning to the club in which he fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson, but with the fees, Mourinho is reportedly willing to pay, the midfielder would be flown in a world record airplane to Old Trafford. The same reports that say United is interested in Pogba also state that any transfer for the Frenchman would slash the world record fee Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale. The fees touted are in between £90 million and £110 million, which would likely ignite a market that is already more inflated than ever before. Combine that with Pogba’s potential £9.75 million annual wages and this represents a monster of a transfer for a monster of a player.
The one interesting aspect of Pogba’s position in football is that many people place him in the pedigree of his potential, which means he is regarded as a player higher than his quality. Much like last year’s major United signing, Anthony Martial, United is paying more for the potential Pogba has to be successful than his current quality; which, don’t be mistaken, is world class anyways. Pogba is one of the few midfielders who has everything in abundance, strength in the air and on the ground, quick dribbling and the ability to carry the ball, incisive, direct passing, and end product, Pogba scored 10 goals and created 19 this season, more than any United player. Arguably the most well-rounded footballer out there today, Pogba is still just 23 and possesses the potential to create 40-50 goals a season from the centre of midfield. That type of contribution could extend beyond any footballer currently playing the game if he keeps up his defensive abilities. It is clear that only refinement and experience stands between Pogba and the world’s top, top players.
If that is what Mourinho is paying for, there is a chance Pogba could be the best signing ever to end up at United, even though he appears to be a massive waste of money. There is, however, also a chance that he will fail to hit the heights expected of him, and a bigger chance that he will blame United for his failures, because he has ammunition against the club at this moment in time. This is exactly the reason why a move for Pogba is too big a risk for United at this moment, there are an infinite amount of outcomes in any deal for Pogba, which makes spending £100+ million seem ridiculous. To command that kind of fee takes a truly special player. Pogba is special indeed, but not quite where he needs to be yet.