Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler has hit out at France star Paul Pogba, claiming that £100m is too high a price for the midfielder.
Writing a column in the Mirror, the erstwhile forward spared no punches, labelling Pogba overrated and pointing out that a team could get the same, more or less, from his France teammate N’Golo Kante.
He wrote: “Manchester United’s pursuit of Paul Pogba is a case of them showing their teeth… because they can.
“It is a massive statement of intent from the most financially powerful club in the world, designed, I suspect, to show they still have plenty of bite in the transfer market. But £100m?
“C’mon. I’m sorry, but Pogba is massively overrated. Look, he must be a good player because so many people in the game speak about his qualities and you don’t get to the top in Italy without having talent. I just don’t see it.
“He hasn’t really stood out in Europe and most certainly not at these European Championships. He’s done OK against pretty limited opposition for France, but what does he bring?Energy and athleticism to midfield, but so does N’Golo Kante.”
Fowler also highlighted the fact that Pogba isn’t much of a scorer, and believes that it wouldn’t be wise to spend that much on a player who doesn’t score goals at a great rate.
“He’s skilful but selfish, not many goals, which for me is a fundamental problem if you’re going to spend £100m on him.
“I’ll be honest, I hate speaking about United, because people always say I have an agenda. I don’t – I just have an opinion.”