When the bidding gets tough, the tough get Pogba. Can Chelsea or Man United swoop in and grab the Juventus mega star?
Manchester City are reportedly ready to drop out of the race for Juventus superstar Paul Pogba due to the incredibly-high cost for his transfer.
According to the Telegraph, Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini – though extremely fond of Pogba – is “put off” by the reported £71 million fee, which the City boss had been preparing a package worth as much as £100 million to secure. The price is further exasperated by Pogba’s alleged demands for a £12 million-per-year salary with whichever team takes him on next.
Chelsea have been notable players in the race with the club reportedly making a massive bid for the 22-year-old superstar that included Oscar plus £35.5 million in straight cash, giving the package a total value of approximately £56.8 million.
Man United have also been heavily involved in the race with Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal going on a £200 million spending spree this summer and targeting Pogba for a return to Man United.
Pogba joined Juventus in 2012 and promptly became a midfield ace that that helped the club win three straight Serie A championships. Considered one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, Pogba even helped Juventus make it all the way to the Champions League final, where they lost to Barcelona.