Mauricio Pochettino’s first transfer activity as head coach of Paris St Germain could be to raid Manchester United, the club he looked destined to manage for over a year.
The Argentinian took over from Thomas Tuchel at the Parc des Princes on the 2nd January and has already drawn up a wish list that includes Paul Pogba, according to The Daily Star.
The outlet also claims that despite United’s recent upturn in fortunes that could see them go top of the league on Tuesday for the first time since 2018, Pogba is still determined to leave and could see a return to his homeland as an attractive alternative to a return to Juventus in Italy.
‘The ex-Tottenham manager, who assumed the reins in Paris last week, believes Pogba is the perfect player to rebuild a new team around,’ The Star claims as an ‘exclusive’.
‘The 2016 France World Cup winner is still one of the hottest properties on the football planet.
‘And Poch is convinced he can launch a successful swoop for the unsettled United playmaker and beat Real Madrid and Juventus to his signature.
‘Juventus remain interested yet would struggle to match the sort of personal terms likely to be on the table for him at loaded PSG.
‘Whoever wins the race may have to cough up only £75m next June, with United prepared to drop their original asking price for a player entering the final year of his contract.
‘And Pogba, whose form has picked up markedly in the last month, could prefer a new challenge across the channel rather than returning to Turin.’
Whilst The Star’s story could have a ring of truth to it, the claim that Pogba would fetch anything close to £75 million at this stage seems totally unrealistic.
It was reported in November that United had accepted the 27-year-old’s asking price would need to be slashed, with figures of £54-£58 million mooted.
Pogba has done little since to suggest that those figures should be increased and if anything, they still seem a little high in the current climate and given that he will be well into his 29th year at the start of the 2021/22 season.
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