£105 million! That’s the reported cost of one man…the main man as far as Manchester United are concerned, Paul Pogba. The one of few talented youngsters to slip through the grip of the united youth system although this one was their own fault and now they will be forced to fork out a record fee for a player they sold for just over £200,000 back in 2012.
The 23-year-old has become a world beater since joining Serie A champions Juventus. The strong, athletic Frenchman is the heart of the team and his ever growing pedigree made Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United all join the race. With Barcelona falling out of the race early on due to financial struggles keeping messes Neymar, Suarez and Messi all happy on luxury contracts, that leaves the Galacticos and the Red Devils.
It was rumored that Pogba preferred a move to Madrid but now it is deemed to be a one horse race, after Real refused to meet the demands of Juventus and the Frenchman’s agent. His stats are impressive with 10 goals and 12 assists in his 52 appearance last season. Seen as a powerhouse player, he would bring that missing flair and attacking instinct from what was a dull and boring United midfield last season.
However, do Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United really need to spend that money on a former player. when there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there?
There are various reports suggesting that if United were to fail to sign Pogba, for whatever reason, his French compatriot Blaise Matuidi will be an ample replacement. Despite being 29-years-old, he still has bags of talent, energy and skill in abundance and would be a cut price of around £25 million. This would leave plenty in the club coffers to procure other talent.
A player that the fans want to see at the club is Isco. The 24-year-old is wasted at Madrid with game time coming at a premium. Despite signing for over £26 million from Malaga in 2011 he has failed to nail down a place in the starting 11. A creative midfielder, Isco is struggling to compete with the likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and he could really benefit from a move away to any club. If Mourinho is keen to move along Juan Mata, Isco could be the perfect replacement.
Now why spend £105 million when you could just spend less than £10 million? Hirving Lozano from Mexican club Pachuca is in the dark over a reported move to Manchester. The attacking midfielder fits the profile of the missing fourth signing that Mourinho spoke of in the press conference and if he is anywhere near as talented as Javier Hernandez was, for only £2 million, then he wouldn’t be a bad little signing. Lozano is only 20 years of age and has already scored 21 goals in his 91 appearances for the Mexican side.
Do United even need to make a huge money signing. After all, there are plenty of talented players at United. Morgan Schneiderlin had an average season for the Red Devils last term and Louis Van Gaal did not give him a consistent run in the side. Under Mourinho’s guidance he could become the anchor man in front of the defence, in a similar role than Matic played at Chelsea for the Portuguese head coach.
Meanwhile, Ander Herrera may be a fan favourite but he will have to prove his place in the team, especially if Mourinho plans to bring in players in his position. The Spaniard has talent but needs to do that little bit more to become a star player and earn his international call up. Furthermore, we must not forget the recent signing of Henrik Mhkytarian – the winner of the Bundesliga Players Player of the year and assist king.
So Manchester United are not exactly lacking in midfield but if they were to sign Pogba it would be a statement of intent and although many fans would welcome such a signing there are some that don’t want to ‘buy’ the league.
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