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02nd Aug 2016

Diego Forlan’s view on Paul Pogba’s transfer fee will resonate with Manchester United fans

Forlan has his say...

Robert Redmond

Diego Forlan has had his say the reported transfer fee of Paul Pogba.

The former Manchester United striker asked a very pertinent question, and one that will resonate with fans of the club.

If Paul Pogba is worth €120, the price Juventus are understood to have quoted United, how much would Paul Scholes have cost United when he was 23-years-old?

The question can be applied to other former greats of the game, and it shows how transfer fees have become increasingly inflated in the past few years.

Forlan conceded that Pogba could become of the best players in the world, but said Scholes was the best he ever played alongside.

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“If Paul Pogba is to cost €120m, imagine how much Manchester United would have needed to pay for Paul Scholes?” the Uruguayan wrote in his column for The National.

“The midfielder was the best player that I ever played with – by a distance. United were lucky in that Scholes had no need or desire to leave the club when he was a player. He was a local boy and a United fan, one of the few great players born near a club who are one of the biggest in the world.”

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“He lived at home and won all the trophies possible, not that I could have seen Scholes moving to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.”

Forlan also said that Pogba is worth as much as a club is willing to pay for him, which, in United’s case, is a world record fee fours after allowing him to leave the club for Juventus four years ago.

“Pogba’s a good player, I like him. He could well go onto become the best midfielder of his generation. Is he worth the figures being mentioned though? The answer: He’s worth whatever any club is willing to pay for him.”

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