Jose Mourinho has reportedly stopped chasing after Miralem Pjanic valued at £30m in order to sign a young and talented Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Manchester Evening News.
Image: Paul Pogba.
Roma playmaker Pjanic has previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford until recently when the Bosnia-Herzegovina international completed a £30m transfer to the Serie A champions. The deal was executed last week.
The Red Devils have been among a long list of clubs in Europe heavily linked with a move for France midfielder Pogba, outstanding among the clubs is Real Madrid.
Mourinho who took over reins at Old Trafford earlier this month following Louis van Gaal’s sacking, is strategizing on how to lead the club back to its glorious days. The Portuguese tactician has recently signed a youngster from Ivory Coast, Eric Baily in a £30m deal from Villarreal this summer as he looks to bolster his squad following their fifth-placed finish last season.
According to Manchester Evening News, Mourinho vetoed a move for Pjanic and allowed Juventus to secure the signing of the Bosnian in order to pursue former United midfielder Pogba.
If the French player finally gets to sign a deal with the London club side, it would be an eye-opener for managers who don’t fancy young talents but rather prefer signing big names who, most times, fail to live up to expectations.
Pogba swapped United for Juventus in 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson after failing to secure regular first-team football at Old Trafford and has moved on to become one of the best players in the world.