Juventus and Pogba should stick together
He’s the soccer player all the major clubs want to sign, but Juventus would be mad to sell Paul Pogba this summer.
Pogba cost Juventus just loose change when he joined from Manchester United three years ago and to sign him now would require an astronomical sum.
He has won the Serie A title in each of the three seasons he has been at Juventus and he has shown he has the potential to eventually be the best player in the world.
With the France international midfielder still only 22, Juventus know they are sitting on a goldmine when the time comes to sell him as, eventually, he will leave the Italian club. But that time is not now, especially when Andrea Pirlo, Angelo Ogbonna and Carlos Tevez have already left, and Arturo Vidal is set to follow.
Pirlo and Vidal’s departures will leave Juventus short on top quality in midfield and they can’t afford to see Pogba go too. No wonder the club are insistent that he isn’t for sale at any price.
That hasn’t stopped the rumors about his future, or the likelihood of clubs trying to sign Pogba before the transfer window closes at the start of September.
The sports betting markets are considering Pogba’s next club and Manchester City are among the options. That would be some move given he used to play for their local rivals, United. The way Pogba left United is unlikely to deter him from joining City and the Premier League club were preparing a bid earlier this summer. However, with soccer legend Johann Cruyff describing the price, some $109million (€100m), for Pogba as ‘absurd’, City have decided he is too expensive to sign now, especially after they bought Raheem Sterling from Liverpool.
Barcelona had appeared a possible destination for Pogba after it was claimed presidential candidate Joan Laporta would sign him, if he won the election. The fact Josep Bartomeu was re-elected as president ended the possibility of that deal happening. But, with Barcelona still under a transfer embargo until January, it would have been crazy for Pogba to move there now when he needs to be playing regularly this season due to the European Championship being staged in his home country of France next year. Barcelona have already ruled out sending signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal out on loan, even though they can’t play for the club until 2016. It would not have been good for Pogba to be in that same situation.
Zinedine Zidane has described his fellow Frenchman as ‘extraordinary’ to heighten suggestions Real Madrid will try to sign him. Real love to sign a ‘Galactico’ and Pogba definitely fits into that category. He is the sort of player who would be a big hit at Real and Zidane knows what it takes to move from Juventus to the Spanish capital and be a success. And, as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho points out, Pogba is the sort of player who will improve any team, irrespective of the number of stars and big-name players already at a club.
Yet, for all that Pogba could have his pick of clubs right now, his best choice would be to stay where he is. If he wasn’t already, he is now the undoubted star at Juventus after Pirlo left and he has the stability he needs ahead of playing in the Euros next year.