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United quoted £60m for Paul Pogba
Manchester United must pay £60 million to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford from Juventus, according to the Observer.
Pogba left United for Serie A in 2012 after struggling to break into the first-team at Old Trafford, later revealing he was "disgusted" by his treatment under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The midfielder has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid after an impressive 2013-14 campaign, earning him a place in Didier Deschamps' France squad for the World Cup.
While new manager Louis van Gaal has seemingly earmarked Pogba as a key player to help rebuild United, it would take a British record transfer fee to do so, says the Observer.
Pogba was scouted by former United boss David Moyes back in March, and Van Gaal's interest is an option that the player would reportedly be "open" to.
The Observer states that United believe that such a deal for the midfielder is both realistic and a gamble: the potential fee represents Pogba's talent, age and potential, yet the constant speculation regarding his future suggests he could be a risk buy.
Van Gaal also revealed his admiration for Pogba's fellow Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this week, saying: "I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus."
However, the Serie A champions' general manager Beppe Marotta confirmed last week that the club was keen to hold on to its star players including Vidal and Pogba, stating: "We have clear ideas and we are a winning side, with our coach who leads the way. For this reason, I can exclude us the possibility of us selling any of our stars too.
"Real Madrid have shown their appreciation of Vidal, but no more than that. For Pogba, I hope we can sit down in the coming weeks to renew his contract."