Pogba (R ), Kevin Strootman (L) during the International friendly match between France and Netherlands on March 5, 2014 at Stade France in Paris, France.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

United will need to meet £60m price tag for Paul Pogba

French ace Paul Pogba has been linked with a return to Old Trafford after leaving the club to join Juventus on a free transfer two years ago, but United were dealt a blow when it was revealed that it would take an offer of £60 million (est. $100 million) to lure the centre midfielder back to the club.

After links with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos have been and gone, United are now prominently linked with four central midfielders that are exceptional to say the least. World class talent such as Pogba’s teammate Arturo Vidal and Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger are rumoured to have tickled the fancy of new boss Louis van Gaal, who may also target countryman Kevin Strootman in January if unable to seal a deal with Pogba, Vidal or Schweinsteiger.

Of course, the rumour mill is only accurate on occasion and with an expected overhaul this summer, rumours aplenty will surface amid the World Cup this summer. With star players looking to perform on the biggest stage of them all, Strootman is the only aforementioned player who will not feature in the tournament after suffering an injury that will leave him on the sidelines until around Autumn.

With not only the high transfer value planted on Pogba, but also his temperament, van Gaal is unlikely to make a move for the 21 year-old. Adding to this, Pogba is unlikely to be keen on making a move after a torrid spell in which he appeared just three times. Since making the move to the Serie A, the Frenchman has grown into one of the finest centre midfielders in Europe and has more than earned his place in France’s World Cup squad.

The Juve #6 is all-but-ruled out as a potential target for van Gaal, and teammate Arturo Vidal is also looking unlikely to join the club. With the transfer window yet to open and Louis van Gaal yet to join the club due to his Netherlands duties, a lot can happen in the months to come.

Tags: Arturo Vidal Bastian Schweingsteiger Cesc Fabregas Juventus Kevin Strootman Louis Van Gaal Paul Pogba Toni Kroos