Paul Scholes: “Paul Pogba not worth £86m”

Manchester United’s pursuit of Juventus’ Paul Pogba has been the transfer story of the summer, but one of the club’s legends is less than impressed with the numbers currently being quoted for the Frenchman’s services.

Paul Scholes has spent part of this summer in India participating in a futsal tournament, and was interviewed by Sport Witness when he offered his views on the potential of a deal for Pogba.

“He was a very talented young player, I played with him and I knew how good he was,” said Scholes. “He played for the first team maybe once or twice, but from my understanding he was asking for too much money (when he left United in 2012).”

“For his age, he was asking for far too much money, that too for a player who hasn’t played first team football.

“Okay, he has gone on to great things. I think certainly there has been a lot of improvement. He needed to improve if he is going to be a player worth £86m.

“I just don’t think he is worth £86m. For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is nowhere worth that kind of money yet.”

Scholes has built a reputation for blunt analysis since he retired from football in 2013 and moved into punditry, so these comments aren’t exactly a surprise, but he becomes the first big former United player to publicly question the club’s spending this summer. With the Pogba saga still rumbling on, it will be interesting to see if any of his former colleagues follow suit.