Dwight Yorke states three players currently better than Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba's proposed transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is getting just about everyone involved in football talking.

Because, should the £100 million deal eventually be agreed, Pogba will become the most expensive player in history.

Such an astronomical fee is undeniably high for someone who is yet to even challenge for the Ballon d'Or and although the Frenchman still has plenty of time to earn the label: 'best player in the world' there are still a few big names who stand in his way.

United supporters will be expecting the 23-year-old to make an instant impact at Old Trafford but Dwight Yorke is one of those keen to manage expectations ahead Pogba's anticipated arrival.

The former Red Devil is adamant the midfielder can be an effective influence in Jose Mourinho's side but revealed three current players Pogba is still behind on the global stage.

In an interview for talkSPORT, Yorke responded to his old club's pursuit of the Juventus star by saying: “You ask questions about Pogba – is he better then Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? No he’s not."

Naturally, all three of those Yorke mentioned are currently in their prime and have proven how good they are with their sheer consistency over the last five or six years.

Messi and Ronaldo are expected to be the frontrunners once again for this year's Ballon d'Or and the Real Madrid forward is currently the favourite with the bookies after Champions League and Euro 2016 triumphs.

They certainly aren't bad role models for Pogba to aspire to become, though, as their dedication and effort have been crucial to both superstars' sustained success.

United have lacked a midfield presence since Paul Scholes' second departure from the club in 2013 but Yorke suggested Pogba should not be expected to fill the Class of 92 hero's boots and his game is actually more similar to a former Arsenal hero.

He added: “Is he a Paul Scholes in midfield who is going to dominate games and get you 18, 19 goals a season? No, he’s not that type either.

“He’s more in the mould of Patrick Vieira.

“He’s got that presence in midfield and can get forward when he needs to, so he’s obviously got something to be worth £100m."

Pogba certainly has a lot to live up to at Old Trafford once the summer-long saga comes to an end.

Spending £100 million on a potential Ballon d'Or contender of the future is a massive risk but for Mourinho, it's a risk worth taking to get Man United challenging for honours once again.

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