Is Arsenal and Manchester City target Pogba worth £40m fight?

Paul Pogba

As reports circulate that Arsenal and Manchester City are ready to enter a bidding war for Juventus star Paul Pogba, we ask whether he's worth it.

Paul Pogba is one of Serie A's hottest properties and has been linked with a host of top clubs, but the current frontrunners for his signature appear to be Arsenal and Manchester City.

Manchester United fans may still be bitter at the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson let Pogba leave on a free transfer in July 2012 in a rare lapse of judgement.

Juventus pounced and have seen the 21-year-old go from strength to strength in Turin, fast becoming a key figure at the club and one of Europe's most promising talents.

According to the Daily Mail, Juventus can expect to receive bids of around £40 million from Arsenal and Man City for Pogba in the near future, but will they be getting value for money?

Here are some statistics from Paul Pogba's 2014-15 campaign:

Minutes Played: 1,015 in 12 games (11 starts)

Goals: 3

Assists: 1

Total Shots: 22

Shots on Target: 10

Minutes per Goal: 338.33

Duels Won: 53.3%

Aerial Duels Won: 66.7%

Passing Accuracy: 81%

Chances Created: 20

Total Crosses: 9

Successful Crosses: 11%

Chances Created: 20

Total Tackles: 25

Tackles Won: 84%

Clearances and Blocks: 8 / 2

In 1,015 minutes, Pogba has created 20 chances compared to teammate Andrea Pirlo, who has made 15 chances in just 564 minutes on the pitch, as well as having an 87% pass accuracy rate.

Arturo Vidal, has scored four times and created 14 chances in 713 minutes, but he has won just 47% of duels and aerial duels. However, the Chilean has put in more tackles than Pogba.

While Pogba has been impressive in domestic encounters again this term, the true test comes at Champions League level where his fortunes have been mixed.

The midfielder struggled to have any impact in both games against Atletico Madrid, but he scored a vital winner in Juventus's 3-2 win over Olympiacos, which ultimately proved decisive in securing qualification to the last 16.

On his day Pogba can be devastating, but he has experienced some worrying lapses in form and needs to work on his consistency.

His pugnacious style and readiness to compete for the ball could come in handy in the Premier League, but he could struggle to adapt to the lack of time on the ball.

The potential is there for Pogba to be worth every bit of £40 million, but any suitor needs to give him time to come into his own and whether either Arsenal or Man City can afford that time is doubtful.

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