Paul Pogba
Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Juventus.Getty Images

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reportedly vetoed signing Miralem Pjanic because he wanted to focus on Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. The 26-year-old recently joined Juventus from Roma and it has been claimed Mourinho declined the chance to sign the technically-gifted midfielder.

Mourinho has reportedly identified Pogba as the captain-like player he is after this summer, having already secured the capture of Eric Bailly from Villarreal, according to the Manchester Evening News. However, the Red Devils are set to face stiff competition for the player's signature, as Pogba is reportedly also attracting interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

Pogba left United for Juventus in 2012, but has since spoken warmly of his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman is among the most sought-after young players in world football and is widely thought to be open to the prospect of returning to United.

Meanwhile, United boss Mourinho is reportedly keen on securing at least three more new players this summer, amid talk of the club pursuing deals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Breel Embolo. However, bringing Pogba back to United may prove to be the most difficult task of all.

Miralem Pjanic
Miralem Pjanic is among the most sought-after midfielders in Europe