Every one of Pogba’s transfers throughout his career have been viewed as a statement in one way or another but we are still talking about one of the world’s best midfielders.
Former Juve director Beppe Moratta, who now works at Inter, labelled Pogba his best piece of business. His justification was not because of anything delivered on the pitch but because he signed the France international on a free and he was sold four years later for a then world-record €105 million fee.
Similarly that transfer which took him back to Manchester United was also billed a statement of intent from a club looking to get back to its glory days.
Despite the Premier League’s riches, very rarely had an English club convinced a player to leave a top European side while in his prime – and where he was still wanted – and join them.
Pogba was seen as breakthrough signing for United with his footballing ability among the least talked about aspects of the deal leading up to completion.
And again, Juve are showing they are still an attractive option for top players despite their recent struggles both domestically and abroad.
Available on a free, United would have liked to keep Pogba, while there was reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Barcelona and even Manchester United. But it appears he has chosen Juve.
If that is the case then it’s great for Juve because they are signing one of the world’s best midfielders. That is what’s important here.
Pogba is a World Cup-winner and an integral part of the France side which stormed to victory in Russia. He was the leader on the pitch, as demonstrated by his rousing half-time team talk during the win over Croatia.
The 29-year-old is one of the best at switching play from one end of the pitch to the other: whether that be with his raking passes or his ability to run with the ball while holding off challenges.
He has the ability to change a game in an instant and pick a team-mate out on the other side of the pitch to start an attack from seemingly nothing.
Like all footballers, Pogba is flawed but the situation at United was so toxic that no one has been able to flourish. He has been terribly mismanaged throughout his entire time at the club. While it doesn’t absolve him of any blame, it does explain a lot of the difficulties he has endured.
Juve are also a team in transition and Pogba is clearly in need of a fresh start and to feel the love – something he will get in abundance with the Old Lady.
He would again be playing under Massimiliano Allegri, under whom he produced arguably the best football of his career and he could be the figurehead of the new Juve project. The force which gets Juve to become relevant again in the Champions League.
Yes, Pogba signing would be proof Juve can still compete with Europe’s biggest and best but the main positive here is the quality they are signing.