Having just obtained another fourth-place finish in the Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger will be looking to sign players capable of supporting a title challenge next season.
One key area the Frenchman should be looking to strengthen is in the engine room. With current incumbents Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini entering the twilight of their careers, a youthful, ever-present upgrade would galvanise the side, perhaps propelling them into a sustained title challenge next season.
One man seemingly perfect for the job is 21-year-old former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Described by his former employers as "powerful, skilful, and creative", the 6ft’1’ central midfielder received Europe’s prestigious Golden Boy award in 2013 – an accolade awarded to the best player under 21 in Europe.
Currently plying his trade at newly-crowned Italian champions Juventus, Pogba would cost in the region of £40million to acquire. However, with Wenger having somewhat of a penchant for young, French, talented, award winners, an offer might not be so unrealistic, especially considering the player recently declared an admiration for the North London team.
Speaking to Italian publication Republica earlier this year, Pogba stated, "I don't hide the fact that as a child I dreamed of playing for Arsenal."
Stylishly proficient with both feet, Pogba has contributed nine goals and sixteen assists across 54 matches this season, with eight of each coming in Juventus’s successful league campaign. He currently has the joint-highest assists at Juventus this season, tied on eight with former Premier League star Carlos Tevez.
If Pogba were to sign, he could not only anchor the midfield allowing current Arsenal leading lights to work their magic, but he could add his own creative spark to proceedings, supporting the team for many years to come.
Is it likely that Arsenal will sign Pogba? When is it ever likely that Arsenal will sign anyone? But is it likely Juventus will let him go? Everyone has their price, although they will certainly resist any pressure to sell.
Rest assured that even a tabled bid for this extraordinary talent will signal the Gunners hefty intentions for the coming season.