Arsenal Set To Battle City For Paul Pogba

FOOTBALL : Juventus vs Benfica - Match Amical - 01/08/2012Another bout of transfer rumour. Arsenal just seem to be touching players around and failing to grab any. The latest in the series is Juventus’ midfielder, Paul Pogba.

‘Reports on the continent suggest a €20 million (£17m) fee could be enough to make Juventus consider selling their number six, which would be all profit after they brought him in as a Bosman.

It is thought that the Gunners and City will submit a formal bid for Pogba in the coming weeks, after enquiring about the player’s availability.’

Should the report be true, it won’t be a smooth sailing for the Gunners as Premier league rivals, Manchester City are also interested. With them in the race, Juve might just set up a bidding war in a bid to drive the price as high as possible and when it comes to bidding war, the Gunners always come second best.

But do Arsenal need Pogba? Arsenal are in the hunt for a natural defensive midfielder, a player in the mould of Viera. In their search for this, they have been linked with plethora of defensive midfielders across Europe; Ettiene Capoue, Victor Wanyama, Maxime Gonalons, David Alaba and now, Paul Pogba. Of all these players, the one closest to Viera is Pogba. The young French midfield star has the physique of Viera (height and stature) and doesn’t shy away from making tackles. He is a robust tackler and a box to box midfielder just like the Arsenal legend.

Pogba is a player laden with potentials but I doubt if he is worth the 17million Pounds been demanded for him. He has just completed a season in top flight football, though he did well but that might be too little yardstick to judge him with. Another thing that might count against him is his limited versatility. Unlike Capoue, Wanyama and Alaba that can play in central defence, Pogba can only play in the midfield.

Out of all the defensive midfield targets Arsenal have been linked with, Pogba is the youngest, least experienced and most expensive. That is not good enough.


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