Manchester United have made an official bid to sign Paul Pogba this month for an estimated £61.5 million, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.
As brought to our attention by TalkSPORT, the Red Devils are looking to beat the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid to the punch, with Louis van Gaal keen to improve his squad. Pogba left Old Trafford in 2012 and has since become a hit at Juventus, having established himself as a top European midfielder in a squad that contains the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal.
As such United have long been linked with efforts to try and convince him to return to Manchester, though apparently they’ve never done enough to convince Juve to part with their most prized asset.
That could be about to change though, with recent rumours inferring that the Italian giants can’t afford to offer him comparable wages when it comes to what his suitors are willing to lay down.
Juventus have to sell?
United alone can boast hearty financial investment, and Van Gaal will surely be confident of peaking Pogba’s interest if he can find a figure that Juve also find acceptable. The Turin giants were thought to be holding out for £77 million, but the offer in question - around the £61 million mark - may be enough to instigate a rethink.
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Naturally fans may question such a massive outlay, particularly when it’s considered that the bulk of Van Gaal’s problems lie in the heart of the defence, rather than the midfield. The France international is a burgeoning talent who could go on to become a world-class star, but United already have several of those and yet they remains shaky at the back.
Thus far this campaign it appears that the departure of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra has rocked the boat more than Van Gaal may have expected, and the relatively green combination of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are struggling to carry the same aura of invincibility that supporters have become accustomed to seeing in United defences.
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