Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the reason behind his side’s failure to capture former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, as reported by the Daily Express.
Pogba departed Man Utd in 2012 having failed to make an impact for the Red Devils, but has gone on to impress since joining Juventus.
This has led to significant questions about why Alex Ferguson allowed him to depart and did not integrate him at first team level, given that he has developed into the player that Man Utd have been missing in midfield for several years.
Pogba was linked with Man Utd and Chelsea for an extended period in the summer, but disappointed the Premier League sides who were hopeful of signing him by agreeing to a new contract with the Italian giants.
Wenger has now revealed, however, that Arsenal tried to sign Pogba several years ago, but could not put together a deal for the player.
He said: “We were interested by Pogba when he was at Manchester.
“We tried to get him, but it was complicated.
“I was surprised to see Manchester let him go. We did not have the right to contact him.”