I'm not exactly sure what happened to the supposed Barcelona interest — not too long ago, Paul Pogba had a pre-contract with the Catalan outfit, no? — but according to the latest reports out of Italy, the Juventus midfielder's future will be decided at a proverbial "auction" between three English teams, each of whom possess a unique advantage.
Manchester United (30% chance) will likely have Jose Mourinho, who's "obsessed" with Pogba and tried to bring him to Chelsea last summer before calling him an unobtainable Eiffel Tower for our back yard. Because he's French, get it? But apparently moving giant towers is no big deal for the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, over on the blue half of Manchester (20% chance), Pep Guardiola, the other greatest manager in the world will be taking over this summer for sure, and Pogba is on record for wanting to one day play under the Barcelona legend. Pep and Pog sounds like a winning combination, and there's no doubt in my mind that City will push hard for this, especially with Yaya Touré halfway out the door already.
But then there's plucky little Champions League-less Chelsea (30% chance). What hope could we have? Whatever could possibly put us in at least a share of "pole position"? Antonio Conte of course! The most likely candidate to take over as Chelsea manager this summer is the one who gave Pogba his big chance at Juventus a few years back, and apparently we could possibly turn these happy nostalgic feelings into something real in the present, too.
The "auction" is set to start at a cool €80m. Ready, set, BID!
(And then there's also Real Madrid, who receive the leftover 20% chance after Gazzetta assigned 30% to both Chelsea and Manchester United and 20% to Manchester City.)