Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea are all preparing to shatter transfer records to buy Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer and they are resigned to having to pay over $100 million for the player United let slip from their grasp.
Pogba, 21, was at Old Trafford as a youth player for three years but only played three senior games – in 2012 – before moving to Juventus on a free transfer.
United didn’t rate the Frenchman enough at the time to keep him and are now ruing that mistake.
Since then he has matured into one of the world’s best midfielders, highlighted by his fabulous displays for France at last summer’s World Cup.
Pogba attracted even more attention against Chievo on Sunday with a superb performance that saw him score one fabulous goal and create another.
Juventus are reluctant to sell their prize asset but manager Massimiliano Allegri admitted that a $100 million offer would be hard to reject.
“Pogba is destined to become the best player in the world,” Allegri said.
The increasing impact of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules means that only a handful of teams could afford Pogba.
But the big clubs are monitoring the situation ahead of a potential bidding war in the summer.