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Manchester United leading race for Paul Pogba

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Pogba is a key player for France at the World Cup this summer
Pogba is a key player for France at the World Cup this summer.

Manchester United are leading Chelsea in the race to sign Juventus and France star Paul Pogba this summer.

Bookies Sky Bet make Manchester United his most likely destination at 4/1 should Pogba decide to leave Juve this summer, with Chelsea also among the contenders at 9/2.

He won't come cheap though, as Manchester United were recently quoted £60m to bring Pogba back to the Premier League. The French international was on the books at United before he left for Juve in the summer of 2012.

He fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson, ultimately to United's cost, as Pogba has gone on to become one of the world's top midfielders.

The Observer reported earlier this month that United have made several approaches to Juventus officials over the course of the past 12 months to sound out their interest in selling Pogba.

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It would represent a massive embarrassment for United if they were to re-sign a player for £60m that they let go for next to nothing just two summers previous.

But it's a testament to the talent of Pogba that many would say he's worth every penny of the £60m valuation.

Still just 21-years-old, the French international is already a key figure for club, helping Juventus to another Serie A title last season, and country, where he is featuring in central midfield at the World Cup in Brazil.

Other contenders

As well as Chelsea and United, Pogba has been linked with a return to France. Paris Saint Germain would be his most likely home as they've got the cash to meet Juve's demands.

Financial Fair Play does not seem to rank too highly on their list of concerns, having recently splashed close to €50m on David Luiz. Another big purchase would surely anger the suits at UEFA, but the Qatari owners don't seem too bothered.

Real Madrid and Manchester City are the other predictable contenders, basically because they have the financial capability to pay £60m for a single player.

City could be an interesting candidate though, especially if Yaya Toure does actually leave the club. That may just be hot air on the part of his agent at the moment, but if City were to lose their talismanic midfielder, Pogba would not be a bad replacement.

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