Arsene Wenger will have to cough up a world record transfer fee if he is to land Juventus midfield wonder star, Paul Pogba, the Express reports.
The 21-year old’s agent, Mino Raiola, has been quite vocal of late on the chances of his client leaving the three-time Scudetto scoopers in the coming summer, revealing that as much as six clubs are in the running for his highly coveted signature. The Italian super agent, who recently recanted on his ambition for the FIFA Presidency, though, believes only a staggeringly outrageous fee would free him from the contractual bonds that currently tie him to Turin.
“He will beat the transfer record. If there is one Mona Lisa in the world, and she is for sale, it will be a record price.”
Pogba is easily the best midfielder in the world under 24 at the moment and though it is not likely that any club would pay £100m for him, it is believable to expect a stunning bidding war in the region of £75m for him and that would seem to rule out the Gunners, at least while Arsene Wenger is in charge.
The Frenchman has his principles on spending and while it was within the comfort of the club to spend huge fees on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the last two summer windows, a bid of such heights as insinuated by Raiola is clearly not intended to attract Wenger’s attention.
What is certain is that Pogba is a player Wenger would ardently love to have.
“We were interested in Pogba when he was at Manchester” Wenger has been quoted as saying.
“We tried to get him, but it was complicated. I was surprised to see Manchester let him go. We did not have the right to contact him”.
Having two of the world’s most expensive players on their books, Madrid are not on the same level with most of Europe when it comes to the ability to spend on whomever they want. Ridiculous amounts have they splashed on Ronaldo, Bale and James Rodriguez and it’s not like they are not reaping the results anyway. They already have a midfield that boasts Toni Kroos and Luka Modric with little room for a player of the abilities of Sami Khedira but there is no doubt that Pogba will struggle not to get into Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
In a sense, Pogba himself may be keen to move to the Premier League but Juve are not the richest club in the world and could consider the benefits of a staggering Madrid offer. Wenger would love to have Pogba but will he pay that much for him?
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