Marcello Lippi says sale of Chelsea-linked Paul Pogba makes sense

Marcello Lippi believes his former employers at Juventus should be looking to cash in on Manchester United and Chelsea-linked Paul Pogba.

Ex-Juventus boss Marcello Lippi has told Sky Sport 24 that his former employers should sell Paul Pogba if a big-money bid is tabled.

Lippi has first-hand experience of dealing with sought-after talents as he was the man to offload Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid in 2001.

He says that sale was sanctioned as it made sound business sense, with Juve able to pump a sizeable transfer fee into other areas.

The reigning Serie A champions could do the same if they agree to offload Pogba, with the Daily Star suggesting that Premier League leaders Chelsea are interested in the powerful midfielder and that Manchester United would be keen on re-signing a player they lost in 2012.

The France international would not come cheap as he is a tied to a long-term contract, and would be a big loss to the ranks in Turin, but Lippi believes Juve should be willing to listen to offers.

He told Sky Sport 24: "Of course, it would be a big sacrifice to lose Pogba, but selling him would generate enough money to buy three or four great players to help improve the team

"When I returned to Juventus in 2001, I got a call that the club were going to sell Zidane. He was the best player of the world, but Madrid were paying €75 million.

"The club told me to remain calm and that they would reinvest all the money in the squad. We eventually signed Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram and Pavel Nedved and continued to win silverware."

Pogba is tied to Juventus until 2019, with the Italian giants having worked hard to secure his services.

He has been an influential figure throughout his two-and-a-half years with the club, but his profile has rocketed as a result and interest was always likely to be sparked once he started to shine on the grandest of stages.

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