It seems there’s a genuine chance that Paul Pogba will return to Manchester United this summer.
The Telegraph reported over the weekend that United are in talks with Juventus and Pogba’s representative, Mino Raiola, over a potential move back to Old Trafford.
Pogba left the Red Devils back in 2012 due to a lack of first-team opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson but is reportedly keen on the idea of working under Jose Mourinho, the revered Portuguese coach who replaced Louis van Gaal earlier this summer.
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He still harbours some reservations about moving back to Manchester United, where he made seven first-team appearances, and Real Madrid remain favourites to secure the France international’s signature.
However, ESPN claim sources have told them that United believe they have a “50-50” chance of signing the box-to-box midfielder.
United told to pay £100m
In order to complete the signing, though, United would almost certainly need to pay Juventus a world-record fee.
Juve, who won a fifth successive Serie A title in May, have reportedly told United to cough up £100 million to re-sign the 23-year-old who is now widely considered the best young central midfielder on the planet.
Mourinho has his work cut out convincing United to smash their current transfer record for a player who was on the Old Trafford payroll four years ago.
However, signing Pogba would be a major statement of intent following three underwhelming seasons in this post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Some people are less convinced by Pogba...
Not that former England striker Gary Lineker would necessarily agree.
“Is Pogba the world’s most overrated player?” the Match of the Day host tweeted during France’s hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday afternoon.
That’s probably a little harsh, although there’s no doubt that Pogba has more to learn yet.
The Frenchman needs to improve his decision-making and may feel Mourinho is the man to help him develop into the world’s best player.
Pogba wants to become a legend
That’s Pogba’s primary objective. Self-confidence and ambition aren’t personality traits he lacks.
"I want to become a legend, like Pele or Maradona," he told La Repubblica, per Goal, back in April.
"Or more than them. I'm not trying to say that I'm the strongest, only that I want to be.
"I have a problem: I hate to lose. And I like to be different, I want to do what nobody else has done. I work hard because I aim to become perfect and because it makes me happy when I win.
"I may not be among the most beloved players, but that's not my target. I'm working to be the best."
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