Paul Pogba, the name is synonymous with football fans around the globe. Such was his performance in the last couple of seasons that every big club in Europe is currently vying for his signature.
In 2012, the former Manchester United youth product moved to Juventus to play on a more regular basis. He made a brave decision to leave the Red Devils which ultimately proved to be a master stroke, as he developed into a more complete midfielder.
Pogba has been the stand-out performer for Juventus since joining them. Playing alongside Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal has helped him grow in stature as one of the best young midfielders of his generation.
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His performances, especially in the last season,caught the eye of Europe's heavyweights, but as for now, the player seems content to remain in Turin.
Judging from the current state of affairs, Barcelona seem to be leading the race to sign Pogba. He also publicly admitted that playing alongside Messi would be a dream come true, which is an obvious sign that the Frenchman himself favours a move to Barcelona.
At present, the Catalan giants are playing some of the finest football with their front trio firing on all cylinders. They already have a strong enough midfield comprising of Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic.
Although club legend Xavi departed after completing the treble, they have young and exciting players like Sergi Roberto, Sergi Samper and Alen Halilovic waiting in line. Despite their transfer embargo, Barcelona managed to capture midfielder Arda Turan from rivals Atletico Madrid.
With all these players at their disposal, the Spanish and European champions already have a squad that can take on any world class team. In hindsight, Barcelona have no need of signing Pogba.
His addition will no doubt turn their midfield unit into a fearsome one but will have a negative impact on the development of budding young players graduating from their fabled La Masia academy.
Real Madrid are also after the player but they already have an established pair of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos at the heart of midfield. With James Rodriguez performing constantly and Isco too at their services, its hard to see if Pogba is needed at the Bernabeu.
Chelsea too, have a solid midfield pairing of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas with Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian playing in front of them.
Manchester City, on the other hand relies heavily on Yaya Toure for success. He played for Barcelona, but it was at City where his game truly developed into something spectacular. The Ivorian is now on the wrong side of 30 and no longer remains the same player.
Paul Pogba is a perfect replacement for Toure. Like Toure, Pogba is physically strong, quick and possess great technical abilities. He is adept both at defence and attack with the ability to produce lung bursting runs beating players with raw pace and strength.
Moreover, his style of play would suit the Premier League which is known to be physical. The Etihad outfit has been eluded by European success, but Pogba's capture can change that scenario.
However, Pogba will not come cheap and Manchester City must be ready to break the British record transfer fee if they are to land the midfielder. To establish themselves as one of the finest European teams, Manchester City must try all means to beat the competition from all other clubs and secure his services.