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Man United must fight off Real Madrid to sign Paul Pogba


Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

LOUIS van Gaal will have to top a £100m Real Madrid bid if he wants to capture Europe's most promising midfielder Paul Pogba and bring him back to Old Trafford.

Pogba left Old Trafford in 2012 when he couldn't find a way into Alex Ferguson's first team but as recently as yesterday, claimed that he still loves Manchester United.

According to his agent Mino Raiola, it's a matter of when rather than if he leaves Turin.

"Can he still remain in Italy? No. Leave Juve? It will be up to them, we have renewed, we are happy with Juventus but when the time is right, he will leave. We will see," he said.

Widespread reports in Italy yesterday, but particularly from Tuttosport, the Turin-based media operation, claimed that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has targeted Pogba and will make Juventus an offer they cannot refuse.

Van Gaal, however, is a long-time admirer of the player many believe is on a fast track to being the best in the world. "Pogba is in a category of his own. Paul's physically strong, very fast and technically superb," he said before Holland played France in a friendly in the run-up to Brazil 2014.

"I don't know many players with all these qualities. He's the type of player who could fit in any team in the world."

Van Gaal is already at the centre of four big transfer stories in this week - Pablo Dybala from Palmero, Kevin Strootman from Roma, Matt Hummels from Dortumnd and PSG defender Marquinhos.

Add Pogba and ongoing interest in Gareth Bale to the mix and that's a heady line-up of potential signings for Manchester United fans to contemplate but fully in line with predictions that the Glazer brother have decided to buy their way back to the top of the Premier League.