By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United should bring £78.5million-rated Paul Pogba back to Manchester United this summer and also sign Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Raphael Varane.
That is the verdict of United legend Paul Scholes when asked to identify the players he would sign for the club if he was in charge of recruitment.
United are likely to spend big in the transfer market again this summer after a season that has once again failed to live up to expectations.
The Premier League giants are expected to make a major change in the dugout, with Jose Mourinho in line to replace Louis van Gaal.
Ahead of the next transfer window, Scholes identified centre-back, central midfield and striker as three positions that United need to strengthen, but in picking his three targets, recognised the difficulties of landing a proven goalscorer.
Speaking to United We Stand fanzine about priority summer targets, Scholes said: “I’d like Luka Modric. How old is he now? Might be a bit too old, but he’s a great player.
“I like Raphael Varane. I said realistic and I’m picking Real Madrid players?
“We probably need a centre forward but there’s not too many of them about so I’m going to say I’d like us to bring Paul Pogba back.”
Juventus midfield kingpin Pogba is one of the most sought-after players in world football, and has attracted interest from rival Premier League big hitters Chelsea and Manchester City as well as the Continental elite.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has claimed Juventus are adamant that Pogba, 22, will not be sold for less than the world-record €100million that Real Madrid spent on Gareth Bale in the summer of 2013.
At the exchange rates of the time, Tottenham recouped £86million for Bale but an equivalent fee would now net £78.5million, making it a more palatable fee for a British buyer.