Luca Toni believes Paul Pogba would make the ideal homecoming gift for Andrea Pirlo, as the newest Juventus manager.
Pogba enjoyed an impressive four-year spell at Juventus before returning to Manchester United in 2016.
The Frenchman developed into an exceptional player in a star-studded midfield that boasted Pirlo himself, collecting eight titles and 174 appearances to his name.
But life at Old Trafford hasn’t gone smoothly since Pogba completed a then-world record €105m return. He’s failed to live up to expectations regularly. Doubts over his future, therefore, have been a near-constant over the last four seasons.
Adding fuel to the fire is that Pogba will head into the final year of his contract next season. However, it’s understood United have an option to extend it by another 12 months.
Although this hasn’t cooled talk of a summer exit for the World Cup winner, who has been on Real Madrid and Juventus’ radars for quite some time now.
And Toni, who played alongside Pirlo at both club and international level, is convinced bringing Pogba back to Turin this summer would be the perfect signing for Pirlo.
The Italian legend has a rebuilding job on his hands after replacing Maurizio Sarri as the new Bianconeri manager, with fixing the midfield likely to be a top priority.
“Knowing Andrea, he will start building from midfield,” the ex-striker told Tuttosport.
“The ideal gift would be Pogba. I don’t know if that’s possible, but it would certainly be the best option.
“Andrea will not be a coach who focuses on defending and counter-attacking. He loves to dominate the ball and will want to impose that on his team.
“I don’t know what system he will use and I don’t think it matters. Andrea is intelligent and flexible.”
But can Pirlo lure Pogba back to Juventus? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t seem to think so.