Arsenal have, in the past, being linked with a move for Paul Pogba, and the Gunners may be encouraged to re-ignite their interest in the Juventus midfielder after the Serie A club’s president Andrea Agnelli revealed they could find it very difficult to keep hold of him if a big money offer is tabled.
The 20-year-old moved to Italy last summer from Manchester United having not settled at Old Trafford.
Since his surprise move to Juve, Pogba has become a regular for the Turin based club, making 46 appearances in all competitions and contributing seven goals and three assists thus far.
But although Juve are close to agreeing a new deal to keep the young Frenchman in Italy, Agnelli admitted it the club could find it very hard to keep hold of him should a big bid come in:
‘If I was to judge it from a footballers’ point of view, Italy is no longer the final destination but a transit destination.
‘I am trying to think what will be of us in two or three years’ time if we get a massive offer for one of the best talents we have today, Pogba, the French 20-year-old.
‘Would we be able to retain him? I don’t know. I don’t think at the moment we have the strength to retain such a player.’
Agnelli then referred to what happened at AC Milan, with the Rosseneri selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to balance the books, and Juve may have to do the same:
‘Look at what happened to AC Milan. They had to give away Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to pay the cheques.
‘At the end of the day you can be attractive, but you also need to have the economic strength.’
Although this will please Wenger to hear, do we really need Pogba?
Last season I wouldn’t have minded seeing him come in, but with Mathieu Flamini back at the club and the signing of Mesut Ozil, and form of Aaron Ramsey, I don’t buying Pogba would be wise…especially for ‘big money’.