Manchester United have made signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba their top priority for the summer, according to the Telegraph.
The midfielder, who left United in 2012 after being frustrated with lack of first team action, has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe. The Frenchman is also being courted by the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid but United are confident that the lure of Premier League football will make them favourites for his signature.
However, much depends on their ability to qualify for the Champions League next season, which is currently in the balance ahead of their crucial away trip to Liverpool on Sunday. The midfielder is expected to set United back by up to £60m ($89M) should they decide to make a move.
Pogba would give them some much needed drive in the midfield, something they have missed after the retirement of Paul Scholes. The 22-year-old's ability with the ball coupled with his defensive work has made him an indispensable part of the Juventus line-up, who have qualified for the quarter finals of the Champions League after getting the better of Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.
United currently have Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini in midfield to do a job but their title charge for next season would be greatly facilitated by the arrival of Pogba who would give them a different dimension in the middle.
The Red Devils also need a plethora of signings across the field, at right-back, in defence and up top if they have to challenge for the title next season, with Nathaniel Clyne, Mats Hummels and Edinson Cavani among the top targets for a move in the upcoming transfer window.
Among potential departures, Angel di Maria is contemplating a move out of the club with interest from PSG after failing to establish himself at Old Trafford. David de Gea is another potential casualty, as the Spaniard has reportedly not extended his contract with the Red Devils.