Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has supported the club’s decision to break the world transfer record in an attempt to sign Paul Pogba, citing his potential as one of the main factors behind his astronomical fee.
Man United offered Juventus a sum of around £100m last week for the French midfielder, who is expected to make a decision over his future next week.
Pogba, who was unfairly driven away from Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012, has gone on to establish himself as one of the finest players in the world of football, wining six major honours in four years, as well as reaching a Champions League final.
Speaking about the deal, Keane has urged Man United to complete the deal.
“What you’re looking at, is the potential of him,” he said.
“He’s still a young player and he will mature over the next few years, and that’s why, if does go back to United, they’re still buying that potential.
“But he will be a top player for the next ten years.”
People fail to realise Pogba is not the finished article – not by a long way. At 23-years-old, he forms the crux of one of Europe’s greatest club sides, and shouldered the hopes of a nation during Euro 2016.
In terms of where he’ll end up, a popular bookie currently has United down as favourites to sign him, so the wheels are certainly in motion.
As a result of this, it is forgotten that he is still young, largely inexperienced, and yet to reach his full potential.
The thought of Pogba – already cemented as one of the best in the world – improving even further is a somewhat dizzying prospect, and makes his world record price tag seem far more understandable.