Is it becoming a trend among top clubs to let promising young players leave for relatively nothing, only to sign them back for an increased sum?
It seems that after missing out on Nemanja Matic, Manchester United are aiming for Juventus standout Paul Pogba. The French international left United in 2012 and has not looked back — his career is truly blossoming because of it.
In 2013, Pogba was given the Golden Boy award, bestowed upon the best U-21 player in Europe. Since his move from England, he has ousted Claudio Marchisio in Juve’s starting midfield and has earned his first senior caps for France, where he has excelled as well.
Now United want him back, and it is reported that David Moyes was present for Juve’s recent clash with Cagliari to watch the duo of Pogba and Arturo Vidal in person. Both players have no reason to leave Italy and United would have to be willing to part with a large sum of money if they were to land either of their services.
When asked about gaining a talent such as Pogba from United for free, Gianluigi Buffon comically chimed in to Italy’s Italia Uno channel:
“We all asked ourselves, after seeing him train with us for the third or the fourth time, when he was still unknown, whether the people in Manchester couldn’t see very well.”
Jokes aside, it is clear that United would gain a world-class midfielder if they somehow landed Pogba, yet it is very unlikely that the player will make the switch. Juventus are on their way to winning their third straight Scudetto, while United are fighting to make it to the Europa League next season.
Still, this is one rumor to keep an eye on in January as anything can happen between now and the end of the transfer window.