Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini risks the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson as he weighs up a summer move for former-Manchester United starlet Paul Pogba, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The teenage midfielder was highly-rated at Old Trafford, but left the club in the summer after falling out with Ferguson. The 19-year-old was believed to want more playing time at United, but left for Juventus on a free transfer at the end of last season.
The report claims City tried to sign Pogba last summer when it became clear he was set to leave Old Trafford, but the Frenchman opted to sign for the defending Serie ‘A’ champions instead.
His performances in Italy have won rave reviews, and Pogba has even been linked with a call up to the France national team.
City hope their trump card, club executive Patrick Vieira, can help convince Pogba to return to England, but any move would be sure to infuriate Ferguson.
Vieira is thought to be keen on the young French midfielder – a player who he has been compared to in the past.
Pogba indicated earlier this year that he believed Ferguson was to blame for his failure to shine at Manchester United – and pinpointed the return of Paul Scholes from retirement as the moment when he realised he wouldn’t get the first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.
In Serie ‘A’ he’s flourished, and the current league leaders Juventus look set to defend their Serie ‘A’ title. Pogba has made 19 league appearances for the Turin-based side this season, including seven from the bench.
And he’s showed a good goalscoring touch, finding the back of the net on five occasions for the Old Lady.
Manchester City have a number of options in the position Pogba likes to operate. City signed Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia last summer, while Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure can also play the central midfield role.