David Moyes reportedly wants to lure Paul Pogba back to Manchester United in the summer, two years after Sir Alex Ferguson sold the player.
The former Le Havre youngster left his homeland of France for Old Trafford in 2009, and spent three years trying to make an impression in England. However, he made just three Premier League appearances for the Reds, and was even overlooked in his midfield role on one occasions when Ferguson instead favoured right fullback Rafael da Silva.
So when Pogba’s contract expired in the summer of 2012, he rejected the opportunity to extend his stay in Manchester and instead joined Italian champions Juventus. Whilst many expected his task of achieving first team football to be just as difficult, the 20-year-old has excelled in Serie A and starred as Bianconeri retained their title last season.
According to reports, Moyes is now keen to lure the player back to Old Trafford, and he and his assistant Jimmy Lumsden travelled to Italy to watch him help his team-mates to a 4-1 win in Cagliari on Sunday. The Daily Mail claims the Scot then held talks with Beppe Marotta, the Turin club’s chief transfer advisor, about such a possibility in the summer.
However, Pogba remains under contract until 2016, and it is thought Juve gave the United boss little encouragement that he would be available anytime soon. Further to this, Paris St Germain are also believed to be interested in the midfielder, and they would even pay beyond the £40million price Moyes is said to be willing to offer.
The tabloid claims Pogba is one of three Juventus midfielders the Premier League side are interested in. Arturo Vidal is reportedly another top target, but again, it is unlikely he will be available in the near future, and even if he is, Real Madrid are also known admirers. The third player, Claudio Marchisio, has often stated he wants to stay at his hometown club for the rest of his career, but with his importance to the first team dwindling in recent times, he could be persuaded to start afresh in England in time for next season.