Tipped by many to become one of the best players in modern football, Paul Pogba is definitely not short of admirers. Although he left them to move to Juventus, Manchester United are often linked with trying to lure back the French international, while Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain were heavily linked with making him their marquee signing this summer, and it looks like the interest from the capital is still real.
However, for PSG to have any chance of signing the Juventus midfield, before they make a move, they would have to look at off-loading one of two members of their very successful midfield.
Last season Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta were practically irreplaceable in Laurent Blanc’s 4-3-3 – this meant that both Adrien Rabiot and Yohan Cabaye were forced to watch from the side-lines. This season Javier Pastore has also forced himself into contention with an excellent start to the season, with everyone fit, you have seven players to fit three positions if you include Clement Chantome.
Rabiot is set to leave in either January or next summer, with Chantome also looking for a way out, leaving five. To add Pogba to that mix would mean having to try and keep six starters happy, a difficult job for any manager.
In order to make an advance for Pogba, PSG would have to make moves to clear some space in the midfield and to raise funds for what would be a huge transfer fee.
Cabaye is the obvious candidate, he has failed to breakthrough since his move last January, and he cost over €20 million and is currently looking like a failed signing. PSG would hope to recoup most of that back if they could find a suitor, but it still wouldn’t be enough.
Blanc and the PSG hierarchy would have to decide which of their three starting midfielders to let go. Thiago Motta, at his age and level of ability isn’t going to command a huge fee. That would leave a decision between Matuidi and Verratti.
Both would attract a lot of attention, but are equally important to PSG’s recent success. Keeping Matuidi would link Pogba up with his international teammate, and bring together a duo that has started to impress for their country. It would also help Pogba settle in the Parisian midfield.
However, Blanc would loath to lose Italian midfielder Verratti. He has been a key part in all of PSG’s good play this season. While Matuidi and Motta started slowly, Verratti has been consistently excellent.
If PSG want any chance of bringing Pogba to the club, one of their star players would likely have to leave, but it is hard to find a way to separate which one PSG would miss less.
It comes down whether PSG would be better off with Pogba or without either Matuidi or Verratti.