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There is a growing belief that Paul Pogba is nearing a return to Manchester United.

French newspaper L’Equipe claim that the Juventus star has informed friends and family of his desire to join United in a move that could see Pogba become football’s first £100 million player.

The Red Devils have had to watch Pogba help the Old Lady win four straight Serie A titles after allowing him to leave for nothing in 2012.

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Yet all would be forgotten if United win the race for Pogba, who has developed into a world-class talent over the past few seasons.

Real Madrid have a genuine interest but they could be undone by United’s willingness to break the bank for the player.

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And with Jose Mourinho reportedly desperate to sign the 23-year-old, United supporters are beginning to believe that they will complete the summer’s blockbuster move.

They were only afforded seven opportunities to watch Pogba in first-team action when he was a United player.

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Stunner vs Derby

The best memory United have of the player is a delightful goal he scored against Derby County in an academy match in 2011.

Showcasing his strength, ball control and finishing ability, Pogba wriggles free of three challenges before smashing the ball into the top corner.

United fans will expect plenty more acts of brilliance should his return to Old Trafford materialise.

Ferguson left Pogba disgusted

The Frenchman reflected on his spell at the club in 2014, admitting he was left “disgusted” when Sir Alex Ferguson played Rafael, a right-back, in midfield in a game against Blackburn Rovers despite being short of central midfielders, leaving Pogba on the bench.

Ferguson has since expressed his disappointment at watching Pogba exit, claiming he realised the player’s potential but contract talks stalled when his agent, Mino Raiola, got involved.

"There are one or two football agents I simply do not like,” Ferguson wrote in his autobiography ‘Leading’. “And Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba's agent, is one of them.

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"I distrusted him from the moment I met him. He became Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent while he was playing for Ajax, and eventually he would end up representing Pogba, who was only 18 years old at the time.

"We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. But Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco.

"He and I were like oil and water. From then on, our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to ingratiate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.”

It’s rather humorous that Raiola has since become incredibly important to United.

Pogba could become the third player Raiola brings to the Theatre of Dreams in the space of a few weeks after he brokered the deals for Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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Wayne Rooney
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