United? Juventus? Elsewhere?
Perhaps the Paul Pogba saga has become tiresome to you and if that's the case, no one could fault you. This writer will forgive you if you don't feel like reading on. However, the talented youngster is a player that many Manchester United supporters are highly interested in so he's worth a discussion -- especially since he made an appearance yesterday versus West Bromwich Albion. This occurred just days after there were links that Pogba would be headed to Serie A side Juventus on a deal believed to be worth in the region of £20,000 a week. That would be a sizable raise from the United contract that he is currently on -- one that expires in the summer.
Pogba came on as a substitute yesterday and his entrance was greeted by a few boos from the Old Trafford faithful. However, those negatives tones were subtle and they were soon drowned out by cheers. Quite honestly, I'm not sure what to make of all of this and I just prefer to hear concrete news rather than attempt to dissect the events of this saga. What I do know is that the 18-year-old is an immensely talented player by all accounts and he plays a position that many consider to be United's biggest weakness. The current first-choice players -- Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, and Ryan Giggs -- are all in their in 30s (late 30s for the latter two) so opportunity seems to be there for Pogba to break through into the first-team. His agent -- Mino Raiola -- is apparently a piece of work and it is suspected that it is him that is making it difficult for United during the current contract negotiations.
So, where are we at then with Pogba? I don't really know to be honest.
There were rumblings on Twitter prior to Sunday's match that Pogba was at the team hotel and would be involved during the match. This was a surprise because many had assumed that a deal with Juve was essentially done. The team hotel sighting rumblings were obviously true as the midfielder participated in the match. However, no new contract has been signed yet by Pogba and manager Sir Alex Ferguson had this to say after the match in regards to his young talent:
"The boy is still trying to make his mind up but he knows where he should be. He has shown again today the potential he has got and he is a first-team player, there is no question about that."
- Ferguson | Source: MUTV
Perhaps this is a negotiation tactic to call Pogba a 'first-team player' at United or perhaps the lad's agent has done well to use the Juve link as leverage to get his client into the first-team. Either way, I don't care. I just want Fergie to sign Pogba up. Let's just hope this situation turns out better than the Ravel situation because Pogba is seemingly nowhere near to being the headcase that the now West Ham United player is. It just sounds like the youngster's notorious agent is the headache in this situation. Because of need, because of the scouting reports, and because of the limited exposure I've had to Pogba, I desperately hope he signs with us soon. In the fantasy world that I live in where United has money, I dream of a midfield at Old Trafford next season that includes Pogba, Tom Cleverley, and Javi Martinez.