Serie A giants Juventus should sell starlet Paul Pogba this summer – but only for a world record fee.
The French midfielder is one of the game’s most coveted assets after a string of brilliant performances this season with Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid all keen to snare him away from Turin.
But with the Juventus juggernaut showing no signs of slowing down under the stewardship of former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri, they are under no pressure to part company with one of football’s rising stars and should only allow him to depart should they receive an offer too high to refuse.
With Serie A’s glamour and appeal lessening with every year, the most impressive stars in Italy’s top flight are growing increasingly linked with a move away for a new challenge elsewhere.
Pogba’s teammate Arturo Vidal was also linked with a move to United in the summer, but Louis Van Gaal instead opted for Daley Blind to bring composure and solidarity to the midfield.
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But the Dutchman is expected to press ahead with a move at the end of the season, and bring the 21-year-old back to Old Trafford after previously departing in the summer of 2012 after growing disillusioned with life under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Jose Mourinho is another keen to secure his services and bring him to Chelsea, but with Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas already at their disposal then their need is far less urgent.
Meanwhile Madrid could make him their next Galactico, but only if Sami Khedira leaves the Spanish capital.
The current world record transfer fee was paid by Madrid to snatch Gareth Bale away from the adoring masses of Tottenham Hotspur, with £86 million enough to finally convince Daniel Levy to part with the Welsh magician.
Big money moves are notoriously difficult to negotiate, as proven with the record before when Ferguson finally and reluctantly agreed to let Cristiano Ronaldo fulfil his childhood dream of donning the white jersey of Los Blancos.
Juventus are a huge club and, with their domestic domination showing no sign of waning, they should keep upping the price until a side comes in that breaks Bale’s record.
That he only signed a contract extension earlier this season will also work in their favour, with the pressure to sell minimal whilst the player remains fit and firing on all cylinders.
Marouane Fellaini would be a shrewd acquisition particularly if Van Gaal does win the race for Pogba, and would be an ideal way of sweetening the deal and swinging the pendulum in his and United’s direction.