With new managers at the helm in Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, next season promises a fiery dogfight between Manchester City and United. Furthermore, the prospective captures of Leroy Sane and Paul Pogba will likely play an integral role in which side prevails.
The Daily Mail have reported that Sane has handed in a transfer request to force through a £45.5 million move to the Etihad stadium. Moreover, the same publication has stated that Pogba has agreed personal terms for a return to the Red Devils.
However, it's up for debate as to which Manchester club would be securing the better deal if the respective moves do go through.
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While their midfield positions lower the importance of goal scoring, there can be little debating the importance of spreading the goals out within a side. After all, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard exemplify the benefits of a midfielder with a knack for finishing in the Premier League.
However, as far as league strikes go in 2015-16, Sane and Pogba cannot be separated. The pair both garnered eight goals in Serie A and the Bundesliga respectively.
Sane can boast having played far fewer games with 23 outings last campaign compared to his French rival's 33. Nonetheless, the Juventus superstar plays far deeper than the Schalke man and can consequently be limited as regards goal scoring opportunities.
No one bags the advantage here.
This is where Pogba comes into his own. The 23-year-old racked up an impressive 12 assists last campaign and went at least some way to filling the void left by Andrea Pirlo.
Given his ability to pick out long-range diagonal balls, the Frenchman could bring the creativity and invention, Manchester United missed so badly last season, back to Old Trafford.
Six assists for Sane is no mean feat and his bursts down the wing can often be lethal, but he simply cannot rival the mercurial Pogba in this area. Nonetheless, the 20-year-old would prove a handsome upgrade on the stagnating Jesus Navas.
There can be little doubting that the supposed transfer fees of both players are extortionate.
Given his mediocre Euro 2016 performances, it really must be wondered whether Pogba is really worth in excess of £100 million. The Frenchman simply didn't provide enough evidence to suggest he warrants a world record fee.
Similarly, it must be questioned whether Sane has displayed such a degree of potential that £45.5 million seems appropriate. He's certainly a staggering fee for a man who made his professional football debut just two years ago.
Both wield incredibly bloated price tags, but Pogba has to be the man handicapped here as a nine-figure sum is simply ridiculous. He's good, but not that good.
Given their respective ages of 20 and 23, there's still plenty to come from both Sane and Pogba. However, it must be hypothesised that this is truer of the former.
On the surface, Pogba boasts the greater talent, but it's questionable whether his work ethic and attitude would allow this to grow further. Comparatively, the greater youth and hunger of Sane sees him show greater potential.
The only potential snag of splashing out on the German would be the fact that such a big move, so early in his career, could be his downfall. The Schalke man's performances at Euro 2016, albeit fleeting, suggest that pressure won't be an issue however.
If City and United can wrap up these blockbuster deals, they'll both be bringing in top-quality players.
While Pogba undoubtedly proves the better player on paper, his ludicrous price tag and unpredictable form sees him prove a glaring gamble for Mourinho. Sane doesn't come without his disadvantages either but proves the better buy for both excitement and value.
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