Manchester United must re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer, according to the Red Devils’ former striker Dion Dublin, who believes the France international possesses all of the required attributes to become a superstar at Old Trafford.
Pogba opted to leave Manchester United in 2012 after failing to cement a place in the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson. But the Red Devils are reportedly keen to bring the 21-year-old back to Manchester, with the youngster now widely regarded as one of the best central midfielders on the planet.
Dion Dublin: Bring Pogba home
Speaking to talkSPORT, Dublin explained why he believes the Premier League giants should be doing everything in their power to re-sign the gifted Frenchman.
“Paul Pogba is exactly the sort of player Manchester United need,” the ex-England international told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He’s got energy, spark and a hunger Rooney has, he’s also very brave. He comes with a badboy image but he’s a quality footballer. Man United should get him back.”
There are several major hurdles Manchester United would need to overcome in order to re-sign Pogba. The first of which is the astronomical £60 million price tag Juventus have put on his head. Although United boss Louis van Gaal has a transfer budget of around £200 million to spend this summer, it seems unlikely that the veteran Dutch coach will agree to use a significant portion of his war-chest on acquiring the services of Pogba.
Secondly, Pogba is understandably reluctant to rejoin Manchester United after enduring a frustrating final season at Old Trafford. However, the midfielder admitted in a recent interview that he still loves the Red Devils, opening up the possibility of a shock return.
Manchester United are on the brink of forking out a €36 million fee for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and it’s currently unclear whether Van Gaal will return to the transfer market for a similar player.
It’s widely acknowledged that United require strengthening in central midfield, but Van Gaal may want to run the rule over the likes of Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher before making any judgement over their respective futures.
Chelsea and Real Madrid also keen
United would also need to fend off stiff competition for Pogba’s services from some of Europe’s biggest and richest clubs, including Chelsea and Real Madrid, who have both been linked with a move for the Juventus ace.
Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are also reportedly keen - and all of the aforementioned clubs, unlike Manchester United next season, can offer Pogba Champions League football.