What once looked like an implausible comeback now appears to be a firm possibility as Manchester United have taken pole position in the hunt to re-sign Paul Pogba. What Are The Odds analyses the list of elite outfits competing to sign the Juventus talisman, and Paddy Power provides odds on the top outfits hoping to recruit one of the world’s hottest talents.
Despite not being able to offer Champions League football next season, the Red Devils are now just 4/11 (1.36) to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford after he departed the Theatre of Dreams for nothing more than a compensation fee in 2012.
Four years and a lot of development later, the Juve general is now expected to cost somewhere in the region of the world-record £86 million that took Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013, according to the Guardian.
Real Madrid reportedly won’t be able to offer Pogba the same wages at the Santiago Bernabeu, and that could be a major factor in why they sit at 12/5 (3.40) at present, a significant step behind United as far as the odds go. The Red Devils and Real are the two clear frontrunners to land the Frenchman, but United’s former ties to their academy graduate could also play a big role in deciding where the midfielder ends up.
From there, Barcelona are a substantial step back at 5/1 (6.00), although their financial priorities at present are thought to lie with contract extensions for Lionel Messi and Neymar, taking up quite a bit of their fund planning for the time being.
It’s already been reported Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will not battle to sign Pogba, but that hasn’t stopped his team being priced at 8/1 (9.00) to win the race, while Paris Saint-Germain are 10/1 (11.00) to bring the former Le Havre prospect back to his native Ligue 1.