Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been given an indication that their pursuit of young star Paul Pogba could well lead to success, as reports have emerged that Juventus are lining up a replacement.
The reigning Serie A champions are planning for the France international's departure after accepting their attempts to keep him are set to fail and Zenit St Petersburg star Axel Witsel is the man, according to the Daily Express.
Mino Raiola, recently admitted that the sums on offer around Europe will eventually become too tempting for Juventus to resist.
Witsel is a combative central midfielder and has been steadily improving at the Russian club since making a switch there from Benfica for a fee in the region of £32million. He is also a regular for the Belgium national team and is being tipped for big things in the next few seasons.
However, it is going to be very difficult to replace Pogba, who has been a sensation since Sir Alex Ferguson decided to let him leave Old Trafford as a youth team star rather than give in to wage demands.
Now local rivals Manchester City and Premier League leaders Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old. His agent, Mino Raiola, recently admitted that the sums on offer around Europe will eventually become too tempting for Juventus to resist.
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The agent claimed that this departure could be as soon as this summer and that he believes the world record transfer fee will be broken to land him. The Express report suggests that Juventus believe that time frame could well be accurate.
Letting Pogba leave is considered by many to be one of the biggest mistakes Ferguson made in the latter stages of his career, as the midfielder has flourished in Italy and is now probably the most promising young player in Europe.
Big Spenders Circling
Manchester United, City and Chelsea will almost certainly have to pay big if they want to land him, not only because of his vast talent but also because big-spending Paris Saint-Germain are also mentioned as having made their interest known to Juve.