Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff believes that the €80m price tag on Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba appears to be absurd to him.
The French international is seen as one of the hottest properties in world football. He has been vital to Juventus’ resurgence in the domestic and European competitions. Last season, he almost help the Italian club to win all major titles on offer. It is believed that the player will seek a transfer from the Italian Serie A should Juventus not provide him the path to do so. Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City are some of the giants being linked with him.
All these clubs can easily afford the € 80 million reportedly demanded by Juventus. While Barcelona and Real Madrid have signed players for these figures, City easily have the biggest financial resources amongst all top clubs. However,Cruyfffeels that Pogba is certainly not worth this figure since he is yet to prove himself on a consistent level. The former Manchester United midfielder has been important to Juventus, but he has also been aided by the presence of players like Vidal and Carlos Tevez. It could be argued that their presence has made Pogba look like a much better player than he actually is.
“The figures seem to be absurd. €80 million for Pogba is absurd,” said the former Barcelona manager. City have reportedly submitted on offer in the region of £ 70 million. This would take the fee closer to 100 million in terms of euros. Signing the former United player for this amount of fee would ensure that their arch rivals receive a substantial windfall. Pogba joined Juventus on a free transfer after letting his contract with United expire. Juventus have already lost key players like Vidal and Tevez and they would not want to rip up the entire spine of the team with the sale of Pogba.