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According to reports in the British press, United have enquired about the availability of Paul Pogba ... and have been offered a price.

Valerio Pennicino

Interesting. Very interesting. If just a little bit ... thin, let's say.

In today's Observer, Daniel Taylor, one of the better-connected and more reliable of the UK hackpack, claims that Manchester United have been quoted a fee of £60m for one Paul Pogba, aged just 21 years, really rather good at football, and currently playing for Juventus and France. He also used to play for Manchester United once upon a time, not that anybody ever mentions it.

Apparently, the notion of re-signing Pogba was first floated under David Moyes, who had the Frenchman on a shortlist with other top-class midfielders like Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas and Leon Osman. Taylor writes that Van Gaal isn't particularly interested in either Kroos or Fabregas, preferring Roma's currently-crocked Kevin Strootman, but so far hasn't ruled out Pogba. He also says, and this is perhaps the crucial point, that United believe the player himself "is open to the idea".

Apparently United's hierarchy think £60m is decent value for a player of his age and talent. But they have doubts the influence of his notoriously-difficult agent Mino Raiola and also his attitude, given that any move would be contingent on his being willing to cut his ties with Juventus just two years after doing the same to United. Disappointingly, he mentions in passing that United were not encouraged to follow up any interest in Arturo Vidal.

TBB would be surprised if anything much comes of this, except perhaps a new contract for Pogba. But as we say, Taylor's among the better journos out there, so this is probably worth keeping an eye on. We'll sign this one off by noting how disappointing it is that the obvious pun doesn't really work. "The Pogdigal Son Returns". Rubbish.