The ex-Manchester United star
believes only players like Lionel
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are
worthy of such a gigantic price-tag,
insisting the midfielder is not at that
Paul Scholes believes Manchester United
will be paying over the odds if they sign
Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world-
record transfer fee.
Goal understands the 23-year-old is now
close to joining United for €110m (£92m)
from Juventus , who he joined on a free
transfer in 2012.
Scholes is a fan of Pogba’s abilities but
feels such a hefty price tag would suggest
he is at the same level as Lionel Messi
and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he does not
believe the France international can be
considered as good as the Barcelona and
Real Madrid stars just yet.
“He was a very talented player,” Scholes
told reporters when discussing Pogba’s
fledgling United days. “I played with him
quite a lot.
“If you ask me, at that time his agent was
asking for a lot of money for a player who
did not play first-team football except
once or twice.
“Okay, he has gone on to great things and
there was a massive improvement in him.
I just don’t think he is a player worth
£100m-plus right now.
“For that money, you would need a player
who scores 50-plus goals a season, like
Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is not there
Jose Mourinho has added Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to
his attacking options for the forthcoming
season and Scholes feels both men will
have points to prove.
“I haven’t seen much of Mkhitaryan but
he seems to be a good player,” he said.
“With Ibrahimovic, he was playing at PSG
and there were a lot of chances created
and it was easy to score in that league.
“Is the United team as good as the PSG
team? Not yet, maybe it will be. So in this
league he will have to do a lot himself to
score goals.”
Nevertheless, Scholes suggested rivals
Manchester City might have snared the
most impressive buy between the clubs
so far this close season by persuading
Ilkay Gundogan – the Germany
international midfielder who is still
recuperating from a knee injury – to join
from Borussia Dortmund.
“He is a very good player if he can stay
fit,” he added. “I have seen a lot of him
with Dortmund. He has had a lot of injury
problems but he can be fantastic if he
can be fit.
“[Buying Gundogan] for about €20m –
that’s a steal, these days.”