Manchester United have already completed the signing of Eric Bailly this week but it looks as though they are setting their sights much higher this summer with The Guardian reporting that the club is considering a formal bid for Paul Pogba.
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The 23-year-old left Manchester United on acrimonious terms in 2012 but he has shot to province since and has the same agent as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which may or may not smooth a deal.
Either way, Jose Mourinho seems like a much more attractive manager to play for than his predecessor Louis van Gaal, with United’s new signing, Eric Bailly, stating:
“I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with José Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club.
Pogba would be the ideal signing for a Manchester United side that has long since lost its thrust in midfield. Not since Keane and Scholes were in their pomp have United had a genuinely balanced and world-class pairing but Pogba would add goals, vitality and guile in a way that Yaya Toure did for Manchester City in his pomp.
City themselves are said, by the source, to have pulled out of any serious pursuit of the player and Jose Mourinho is said to be a long-term admirer of the player in the report and tried to sign him for Chelsea last season. It is also stated that:
Pogba’s name has featured prominently during his discussions with the United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward.
Since he left Manchester United as a 19-year-old Pogba has won 3 Serie A titles and was a runner up in The Champions League Final of 2015.
The 6ft 3in French international has played 31 times for France and scored 5 times. He is expected to be one of the stars of the show at EURO 2016 and would represent a genuinely world-class signing for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
Manchester United supporters – does Paul Pogba represent the best possible use of the kitty this summer?