Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Paul Pogba this week after The Guardian reported we had been keeping tabs on him all season and made multiple advances towards exploring the idea of re-signing him.
Pogba, 21, left United in far from rosy circumstances and as such, a return was considered a far fetched fantasy by most fans but Louis van Gaal has clearly got an affinity for Pogba.
Speaking back in March to Four Four Two ahead of the Netherlands friendly against France, Van Gaal was effusive with his praise for Pogba and hailed him as a midfielder who ‘could fit in any team in the world’.
“Pogba is in a category of his own. Paul’s physically strong, very fast and technically superb,” he said.
“I don’t know many players with all these qualities.
“He’s the type of player who could fit in any team in the world.”
High praise indeed from Van Gaal and certainly enough to suggest he may well be considering the option of approaching Juventus for Pogba.
His midfield partner Arturo Vidal is considered by many to be the best midfield signing United could make this summer, but Pogba would be equally as good.
Pogba clearly hasn’t forgotten about his time at United as he talks about it every week but at the reported £60m price, it’d be a massive price to pay for a player who left on a free only two years before.
However, this summer isn’t the time to be chasing value in the market and if Van Gaal wants a gifted, technical, ball playing midfielder, the type that thrives in his attacking style of football, he could do far worse than Pogba.