Manchester City must pull out all the stops to sign Juventus star midfielder Paul Pogba this summer claims his former Bianconeri teammate Andrea Pirlo, even if it means having to spend a world record fee to get the French international to move to the Etihad.
Last summer City balked at the Turin based clubs valuation of Pogba claiming £75 million was far too much money to pay for the then 22-year-old midfielder no matter how much talent he displayed.
Pirlo now says that City will have to pay more than the £85 million that Real Madrid paid to Tottenham in 2013 for Gareth Bale if they are to have any hope of bringing Pogba back to England.
This amount he claims would despite its lofty figure, still represent a good buy for Manchester City as it would allow incoming manager Pep Guardiola the opportunity to build his team around the young Frenchman.
“Of course, Juventus will want to keep him. But sometimes you can get to a transfer fee that you can rebuild an entire team with and he would get to that fee,” said Pirlo.
“At his age, you can build a team around him for the next years. If he does decide to leave, then I think it will be for a world record.”
Pirlo was able to watch the now 23-year-old mature while playing in Italy and says that the former Manchester United starlet is now the best in the world in the position he plays.
“I have played with some great young players, but Pogba was the best young player I have ever seen,” he said.
“We saw from his first training session with Juventus that he was special. There was disbelief among the senior players that Manchester United had allowed him to leave.
“Since then he has grown physically and as a player. For me he is now the most complete central midfield player in the world.”
Pogba is just one of the players Guardiola wants to bring with him to the blue side of Manchester, and with reports claiming he will be given a £200 million war chest for new players; the Catalan trainer can certainly afford the Juventus star.