Phenomenal midfield maestro Paul Pogba is well past the point of being labelled a wonderkid and demonstrated that yet again for France last night against Spain, running the show with a mix of flicks and pinpoint passing that even the most skilled FIFA fanatic would struggle to replicate.
Pogba was up against the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Sergi Busquets and Koko at the Stade de France, but played with a confidence and freedom that demonstrated just how far a youngster who was never given the chance to shine with Manchester United has come in the last three seasons.
The question remains though, how long can Juventus realistically resist the temptation to cash in on the 21-year-old to the tune of £60 million, and who will be the lucky buyer when they do?
Mourinho's ruthless streak would suit Pogba perfectly
United and Real Madrid have all been strongly mentioned in connection with Pogba at various points and he would shine at any of those three clubs, but in many ways the physically blessed and technically gifted prodigy would perfectly fit Chelsea's new pragmatic transfer policy despite his lofty price tag.
Mourinho has shown with his recruitment policy over the last six months that he will happily dump experienced players past their prime or under-performing stars who can fetch a top transfer fee, with David Luiz, Juan Mata, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard among those move on.
Diego Costa was recruited quite brilliantly because Fernando Torres, Demba and Samuel Eto'o all failed to register double figures in the Premier League.
Cesc Fabregas is the new creative hub of Mourinho's aggressive push for Premier League glory, so how would they make room for Pogba I hear you ask?
Decade of delight for whoever shells out £60m
Well essentially while an astute piece of business Fabregas is a more short-term buy aimed at instant success, at 27 probably capable of operating at the very highest level in 50 matches a year in the intensely demanding central midfield role.
Pogba must on Mourinho's radar to eventually step in and is fill that void, although a very different type of player.
More imposing but possessing the same kind of craft and guile when venturing forward, and able to cover ground in both penalty areas with minimum fuss, Pogba is the complete modern midfielder and doesn't need nurturing any further, just the platform to shine.
If Jose Mourinho is truly serious about spending the next decade at Stamford Bridge he should prove it by paying big for Pogba and building a team around him for the long-term.
The prospect of trying to become only the second Premier League to beat Mourinho at the Bridge is daunting as it is, imagine the fear Chelsea could strike into teams if Nemanja Matic was partnered by another imposing presence in Pogba week-in-out!
Man United missed their chance
You have to feel for Red Devils fans who missed out on the chance to see Pogba shine at United, thanks to a combination of impatience and to be frank a foolish decision from Sir Alex Ferguson to delay his first-team progression.
Ferguson decided he couldn't trust Pogba to start against Blackburn Rovers and instead went with Rafael and Park Ji-Sung, a call which must rank right up there with the very huge mistakes the living United legend made during his outrageously successful 26-tenure at Old Trafford.
United would love Pogba back at the right price but it would be backward step for a star who has quickly grown accustomed to top billing at Juve. The 21-year-old has seen the grass is indeed greener on the other side and made question marks over his attitude look ridiculous, so the notion of returning should be dismissed off-hand.
Wenger would never pay £60m for a player, would he?
The Arsenal faithful would I'm sure would also surely love to swap Mikel Arteta for Pogba with an instant upgrade to their starting XI, but with Arsene Wenger at the helm that logical fit purely in terms of selection always look unrealistic.
Wenger has finally shown some spending power in the last two seasons with deals for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, worth £42.4m and £35m respectively, but I doubt highly that he'd be willing to spend £60m on a single member of his squad.
The Gunners boss is famously frugal and quality midfielders are not particularly difficult to come by, which surely means by his own standards a deal for Pogba would never represent genuine value.
Chelsea proven they'll pay a premium when it matters
That's where Arsenal and Chelsea differ and unfortunately for Wenger where UEFA's Financial Fair Play has so far failed diminish the spending power of oil-rich Premier League rivals.
Chelsea are now very clever about they way they conduct business and can surely shift the likes of Ramires or Jon Obi Mikel if it helps facilitate a future move for Pogba, with next summer the perfect time for Mourinho to step forward and push him among the very best in Europe.
Pogba doesn't need Wenger's nurturing or the adulation of the world's biggest fanbase at Man United. He's ready right now to take on the mantel of the world's best central midfielder and Chelsea could well be the place to push his already promising career into a new stratosphere.
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