Paul Pogba lined up as back-up transfer target to Kevin Strootman

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Manchester United have made former youth team star Paul Pogba one of their main summer transfer targets, but only if they fail to land number one target Kevin Strootman.

According to the Daily Express, Louis van Gaal is a great admirer of the France international, but would prefer to sign countryman Strootman to help bolster his midfield ranks at Old Trafford.

The report claims that Manchester City are preparing a bid for Pogba this summer if star man Yaya Toure decides his future lies elsewhere, which is suggested as being possible. However, competition for his signature will come in the form PSG and Barcelona, who have both registered interest.

Manchester United could be forced into acting because of the stance of their cross-city rivals, as there are long-term fitness concerns over Strootman. The Netherlands international missed half of last season and the current campaign with cruciate ligament damage, but suffered another knee injury only seven appearances into his comeback.

At first the injury was thought minor but after an operation it was revealed he had damaged cartilage in the joint and it was confirmed soon afterwards that he would be missing the remainder of the season for AS Roma.

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So, Van Gaal may now decide whether to take a risk over a player with a now worrying injury record or get involved in a bidding war with some of Europe’s richest clubs. Pogba has been a revelation for Juventus since leaving Old Trafford after a contract dispute, a falling out that many perceive to be Manchester United’s biggest transfer mistake in a very long time.

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