Jose Mourinho certainly hasn’t taken long to stamp his authority on Manchester United.
Since confirming his arrival on May 27, the Portuguese has handed Ed Woodward a 13-man list of players he wants sold, near enough completed his first signing in Eric Bailly, and earmarked a number of other top transfer targets.
Mourinho’s wanted list is never ending, with a vast array of defenders, midfielders and strikers linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams.
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Paul Pogba is one of such targets after the Juventus star admitted to feeling like he has achieved everything he can in Turin.
A number of European heavyweights have since enquired into his availability, but according to the Independent, a Premier League side is in ‘pole position’ to sign the French superstar.
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That team, unsurprisingly, is United, who infamously sold Pogba to Juventus four years ago.
The Red Devils have been forced to regret what is widely regarded as one of football’s worst ever transfer calls. Since departing Manchester, the 23-year-old has won four Serie A titles and established himself as one of Europe’s finest central midfielders.
But they could be given a chance at redemption, because the report claims that Manchester City have ruled themselves out of the race.
Pogba is said to be keen on a move to La Liga, but little interest has emerged from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent weeks.
As a result, United believe they can lure their former star back to Old Trafford.
It’s highly likely that playing under Mourinho will appeal to Pogba, but it’s Juventus’ valuation of their midfield ace that could prove the biggest problem in signing him.
The Independent believes they want €100 million (£78.1 million), but Spanish outlet Sport claim that €270 million is the asking price.
That is what they told Zinedine Zidane’s Real, who today reportedly enquired into Pogba’s availability.
Juve responded with the above extortionate fee, which Los Blancos quickly rejected and asked that Paulo Dybala was also thrown into the deal.
The La Liga giants had no such luck, though, with an extra €100 million then demanded by their Italian counterparts.
Where Pogba decides to ply his trade next season is anyone’s guess, but recent speculation dictates that a lengthy transfer saga could be about to ensue.
How United could do with someone of his class in their midfield, though, following a season where the likes of Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin all flattered to deceive.
After finishing fifth in the Premier League and missing out on Champions League football for a second time in three years, players of Pogba’s calibre are most certainly needed.
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