Pogba ‘is the best young player I have ever seen’

Date published: Friday 1st April 2016 9:02 - Matthew Briggs

Paul Pogba: May be set for United return

Former Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo says Paul Pogba is “the best young player I have ever seen”.

The 23-year-old France international has been in sparkling form over the last couple of season and Pirlo says the former Manchester United player could become the first €100 million player.

Pogba has scored eight goals in 44 appearances for club and country this season but it’s his ability to grab a game by the scruff of the neck and orchestrate proceedings that has seen him linked with Europe’s best.

The midfield kingpin has been tracked by Barcelona, PSG, Chelsea and Man City after helping Juve to a hat trick of Serie A titles, and to the final of the Champions League last year.

And New York City star Pirlo believes Pogba, who cost Juve just £500,000 in compensation when he left United in 2012, is well worth a world-record fee.

“Of course, Juventus will want to keep him. But sometimes you can get to a transfer fee that you can rebuild an entire team with and he would get to that fee,” Pirlo told the Daily Mirror.

“At his age, you can build a team around him for the next years. If he does decide to leave, then I think it will be for a world record.

“I have played with some great young players, but Pogba was the best young player I have ever seen.

“We saw from his first training session with Juventus that he was special. There was a disbelief among the senior players that Manchester United had allowed him to leave.

“Since then he has grown physically and as a player. For me he is now the most complete central midfield player in the world.”

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