Italian giants Juventus have stated they intend on retaining the services of their in-demand French international midfielder Paul Pogba.
Ben Gladwell of ESPN FC reports that the club's president Andrea Agnelli told Corriere dello Sport (in Italian) teams would be wasting their time bidding for the young player because they have no intention of selling, despite interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Agnelli commented that the rumours that their player had generated "cannot scare us, but should rather be something to be proud of."
He stated further:
We're building a side year on year and the work we've done so far has been incredible. Paul represents this growth. Let's not forget that two years ago, nobody knew who he was and we were the first to spot him. If other clubs admire our discoveries, then we can only be proud about that. Pogba is our own world heritage.
United manager David Moyes was in France to watch Pogba on international duty, as his side beat Netherlands 2-0 in Paris, per Gladwell's report.
Pogba has electrified Serie A crowds since his capture from Manchester. From his 25 appearances in the Italian domestic league, he has scored six times and assisted on five occasions, per WhoScored.com.
Any move for the player now would involve an astronomical transfer fee, which makes it all the more interesting that United are scouting him, seemingly ready to admit their mistake in allowing him to leave.
Steve Nicol and Tommy Smyth discussed at the start of the season why Pogba left United at the time that he did:
Even with the gigantic fee, Pogba would be perfect for United's current needs.
For a player barely out of his teens, he has amazing balance and power, and he can dominate opponents with his talent. United knew the sort of player they had on their books, and in hindsight they should have done a lot more to retain him.
Sir Alex Ferguson had his reasons for not starting him in matches, but the faith that Juve have shown in Pogba has paid them dividends. If he does leave Juventus anytime soon, they at least know they can demand a fee befitting his ability, rather than the amount United received.
Pogba is the perfect example of how youth can be every bit as good as experience when considering the very best in world football. Pogba falls into this category and Moyes should break the bank to bring him back to Old Trafford.
When you think of the combined value of Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick, Pogba may already be worth more than these four players combined.
Will Manchester United sign Paul Pogba in the summer?
United and Ferguson made a huge mistake when they allowed Pogba's contract to tick down to zero.
They will pay a huge financial price should he ever become available, and after his previous unhappy experience with the club, there have to be doubts as to whether he would even choose Old Trafford as his next destination.