Manchester United Transfer News: Paul Pogba Mega Bid Tipped for Next Summer

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2014

Juventus' Paul Pogba controls the ball during a friendly match against Indonesia Super League All-Starsat Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Louis van Gaal has only just rounded off a summer of big spending in his first season in charge of Manchester United, but talk of a £60 million move for Paul Pogba in 2015 suggests next year will see more of the same.

According to Alex Harris of the Express, the Juventus midfielder is being targeted for a return to his former club two years after departing for Turin:

According to reports in France, Juventus are hopeful of agreeing a new deal with Pogba but would rather sell him next summer as opposed to losing him on a free transfer in 2016. 

[...] However, if the two parties cannot come to an agreement then United are set to swoop for the £60m-rated star. 

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The Frenchman was highly rated as a top European prospect when he left Old Trafford and has since gone on to prove himself as one of the continent's leading central midfielders.

Negotiations over Pogba's contract, which expires in 2016, will likely hold the key to his future, as reported by Harris. He quotes Bianconeri chief executive Beppe Marotta saying of ongoing talks: "Pogba? We have had some negotiation with his agents, we hope to arrive at a positive conclusion shortly."

Paul Pogba Career Trajectory By Season
SeasonClubLeague AppearancesGoalsAssists
2013-14Juventus36 (Serie A)711
2012-13Juventus27 (Serie A)05
2011-12Manchester United Reserves16 (Reserves League)36
Manchester United3 (Premier League)33

Since moving to Serie A, the 21-year-old has gone about perfecting his craft and fulfilling a lot of that potential placed upon him, tracing back to his days at French club Le Havre.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Paul Pogba of Manchester United is challenged by Marc-Antoine Fortune of West Bromwich Albionduring the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on March 11, 2012 in
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Pogba has been a key figure in Juve's last two Scudetto triumphs, making 66 Serie A appearances since 2012 and scoring 12 goals in the Italian top flight.

In hindsight, United may wish they gave Pogba the first-team chances he desired under Sir Alex Ferguson's watch. The Times' James Ducker insists the risk then would have saved them a lot of money in future:

Pogba fits the bill of the box-to-box midfield talent United have been crying out for. In recent years, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Tom Cleverley and others have each attempted to satisfy their engine-room needs.

All have fallen short in one way or another.

The big-money acquisitions of Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Radamel Falcao helped in tiding Manchester United's summer spend over the £150 million mark this summer. That amounts to more than one-sixth of the Premier League's net expenditure, per The Telegraph.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10:  Paul Pogba of Juventus warms up prior to the match between the A-League All Stars and Juventus at ANZ Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
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In time, the club will learn whether those investments are worth the trouble, but so severe is their current predicament that it's clear money is required to set things back on course.

Van Gaal is looking to steer United back into the English hierarchy, and any Pogba deal would be affected by whether they can clinch a place in next season's Champions League.

For Pogba to be signed for a fee as vast as £60 million, it would take a mighty swallowing of pride for United, but then those are the sacrifices they seemingly feel are required to restore their former success.