Arsenal are reportedly readying a record £80 million bid for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports in the Daily Express.
The 21-year-old signed a deal worth £70,000 last October, keeping him at the club until 2019, but that still hasn’t put off the interest of potential suitors.
The report states that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to step up his interest in Pogba as Barcelona line up a move for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The interest comes as a blow to the Gunners, who are now expected to step up their interest in Pogba.
Wenger will need meet Juve’s reported asking price of £80 million and fend off fellow suitors Manchester United and Chelsea in order to get his man.
Juventus insists they aren’t interested in selling but if Pogba wants to leave and the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea or United come in with huge offers, I don’t think the Serie A champions will be in a position to resist.
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The Gunners midfield certainly needs tightening up and Pogba is an all-rounder, someone who can pass the ball confidently, score terrific goals and break up play through the centre. He may also feel he has a point to prove in the Premier League after leaving United without being given a run in the first-team by then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The news will absolutely delight the fans but it just doesn’t add up, because why would the Gunners shy away from Schneiderlin when Barcelona express their interest in doing a deal at £25 million, only to fight with the likes of Chelsea and United for a player that will cost three times the price?
So although Arsenal fans will be excited to read their club linked with players like Pogba, I personally think a move for Schneiderlin is far more realistic this summer.
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