Gunners plot shock January raid on United starlet

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Arsenal are being linked with a shock January move for Manchester United starlet Paul Pogba.

The 18-year-old was a target for the Gunners back in 2009, when the Red Devils won the race to sign the teenager from Le Havre.

However, reports earlier in the week claimed discussions between Sir Alex Ferguson's side and the player had stalled, with the Sunday People now reporting that Arsenal have been alerted over the player's possible availability.

Both AC Milan and Inter Milan have also taken a keen interest in the French U19 international, although it's believed that Manchester United remain keen to keep the player on the books at Old Trafford.

Ferguson admitted during pre-season that keeping the player would be difficult if the Red Devils were unable to offer the youngster regular first team football, and Pogba's senior opportunities have been limited to the Carling Cup this term.

A key part of the club's academy since arriving at Manchester United, Pogba helped the U18s claim last season's FA Youth Cup, but is thought to be eager to progress further.

Arsenal will hope to lure the player with an offer to develop in north London, with Arsene Wenger renowned for getting the best out of young players at the Emirates.

And, with the teenager able to talk to clubs from January, Arsenal will be hoping Pogba can be persuaded that his future lies in the capital.

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