Manchester United fans were a little bemused when Paul Pogba left Old Trafford on a free last summer, and that confusion quickly turned to dismay as the young French midfielder started to make more and more of an impact on Serie A with Juventus.
Considering Manchester United are still short of a dominant midfield presence, Pogba’s rapid development will certainly make them wonder why they did not give him more of a chance in the first team.
Therefore the reports filtering out of Italy suggesting Pogba is unsettled at Juventus due to being the subject of racist abuse might make some fans prick up their ears at the chance of bringing the Frenchman back.
However if he does leave, Arsenal are apparently the favourites to sign the 20-year-old, with Arsene Wenger considering a third bid to sign the midfielder.
Wenger first tried to bring Pogba to the Emirates when he left Le Havre as a 16-year-old, and then again last summer when he made his free transfer to Juventus.
Having broken into the first team for both Juventus and France this season, Pogba would no longer be the kind of bargain that Wenger is traditionally associated with.
The fee being quoted in the press is £15million, which could still be a superb piece of business if Pogba fulfills the potential he has demonstrated so far in his career.
Arsenal are not short of central midfielders, but Pogba could bring a more imposing physical presence to a midfield that sometimes can look lightweight when Abou Diaby is making one of his frequent trips to the treatment room.
Pogba is certainly no enforcer, but he has the ability to disrupt the opposition as well as creating chances for the his team, and an eye for goal that has seen him rattle in a few long rangers for Juventus this season.
Still just 20, Pogba has all the attributes to become one of the standout midfielders in Europe, and Arsenal might have thought they missed their chance to get their hands on him when he broke into Juventus’ first team. If there is an opportunity to bring him back to England this summer, even at £15million, you would be surprised if they did not take it.
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