It’s almost unfathomable to think that Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future has been a rare discussion point of late, but that’s a sad sign of the times we’re living in right now.
Normally, Pogba doesn’t have to do much more than breathing in fresh air to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford. More often than not, Real Madrid – long-term suitors – are the team tipped to sign him, with some kind of reference to Florentino Perez, Mino Raiola or Pogba’s hair not far behind.
Juventus – Pogba’s former club – have also been mentioned in dispatches over the past year. In fact, I Bianconeri were linked with the French World Cup winner not long after Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly opted to swap Madrid for Turin.
Whether Juve need him or not is an entirely different story, but we’ve had to read about the possibility of Pogba returning to Italy nevertheless. Now, in an unexpected – but also fully expected twist – he’s emerged as a potential target for Inter, fierce rivals of Juventus in Serie A, courtesy of Gazzetta dello Sport (via Mundo Deportivo).
I Nerazzurri are undergoing a bit of a transfer facelift under the guidance of Antonio Conte, who has previously enjoyed great success with Chelsea and, oh, Juventus. You’d even go as far as saying the entire club is undergoing a bit of a facelift.
Not only has the club’s transfer policy changed – they’ll sign anything with a Premier League pulse – things have altered on the field too. Conte’s famed 3-5-2 system is firmly embedded at San Siro, and results have taken a turn for the better – firing the club back into title contention.
But that’s not enough for Inter’s president Steven Zhang, Gazzetta say at least, as he’s keen for the club to rival Juventus’ complete and utter domination of Italian football. He’s said to want a player capable of transforming Inter’s fortunes in the long run – a box that Pogba appears to tick, despite the hefty finances that would be involved.
Funding a move could be helped by binning off Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic permanently, while there’s also talk of Inter ‘wanting’ to take advantage of Pogba’s contract running out in 2021 (the problem there, you see, is that United have the option of extending by another year).
Hypothetically, it’s all possible. But that’s probably as far as this one needs to go for now, unless Inter do upset the apple cart and win Serie A, when the season finally resumes. Then, it’s open season – and we’ll believe absolutely anything.