Could Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba be on his way to Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United this summer?
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Paul Pogba has been surrounded by transfer speculation this summer linking him with a move away from current club Juventus.
The 21-year-old Frenchman is one of the hottest properties in world football after excelling for both club and country over the last two seasons.
But which team would he suit more, here is the case for the three English contenders:
Pogba would complete a dream midfield duo at Chelsea alongside Cesc Fabregas, playing behind the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa. The Blues attacking midfield options are looking progressively ominous for their Premier League rivals, and the addition of a combative midfield hard-man, who is also strong in the air and a talented passer of the ball, would surely be the finishing touch.
The Stamford Bridge faithful have been desperate for a strong tackling playmaker since the decline and sale of Michael Essien, and would be delighted to see another big-money signing added to their ranks. The likes of John Obi Mikel and Ramires would likely need to depart in order for Chelsea to raise the cash necessary to make the purchase, with the Blues having already spent £70m on three players this summer.
The Premier League champions view Pogba as the ideal replacement for want-away midfielder Yaya Toure. The Ivorian has been the heartbeat of their team for the last four years, and City are aware that they will have to spend big in order to replace such a vital part of their title winning team.
Pogba’s ability to offer both offensive and defensive qualities will be the crucial factor that appeals to the Manchester club, who have regularly deployed Toure in a mixture of midfield positions – either just behind the striker or in a holding role. City may have to sell in order to secure Pogba’s signature, having already been punished by Uefa for financial misdemeanors.
Manchester United fans will struggle to comprehend the fact that they let Pogba leave their club for nothing in 2012, with Sir Alex Ferguson citing attitude problems as the main reason for the player’s departure.
However, two years on, Pogba appears to have a much more mature head on his shoulders, and would undoubtedly complete an intriguing new-look midfield at Old Trafford, with new United manager Louis van Gaal having already signed Athletic Bilbao playmaker Ander Herrera. Van Gaal is also interested in Pogba’s Juventus teammate Arturo Vidal, and it seems likely that at least one of that pair will leave the Italian club this summer.