Manchester United will need to pay a staggering £60 million to re-sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who the Red Devils believe is open to the idea of returning to Old Trafford. The 21-year-old has established himself as a key player for both the Serie A champions and France since leaving Manchester in 2012.
However, according to the Guardian, United have reservations about the player’s attitude, while it’s unclear whether Louis van Gaal believes the club should persist with their interest in the classy midfielder. Furthermore the Premier League giants regard Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, who also represents Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with suspicion due to his reputation as being one of the more difficult agents in the business.
Despite the hefty price tag, United believe the fee quoted to them is realistic for a player of his age and talent, and have been in regular contact with Juventus. The general consensus - amongst those high up at Old Trafford and by the club’s supporters - is that former chief executive, David Gill, made a huge error by failing to offer the gifted youngster a more lucrative contract.
Ex-United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, however, was suspicious at the time that Pogba had already agreed a deal with Juventus before his contract had expired. Pogba admitted that he grew increasingly disillusioned after being left out of a league match against Blackburn Rovers, with Ferguson favouring a makeshift central midfielder partnership of Rafael and Park Ji-Sung instead of deploying the club’s most promising youngster.
However, in a recent interview with the BBC, the Chelsea target admitted that he still “loves” Manchester United - and it seems the possibility of the Red Devils bringing him back to Old Trafford might not be so far-fetched after all, even if the English club are forced to break the British transfer record in order to make it happen.