It would take three top stars to replace Pogba - Tacchinardi

The 39-year-old has warned former club Juventus that cashing in on the Frenchman should not be done lightly and gave his thoughts on the threat Borussia Dortmund pose

Juventus are in "dire need" of Paul Pogba and should not sell him unless they are able to buy three world-class players with the money, according to former defensive midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi.

Goal understands that Chelsea and Manchester City are leading the race for the Frenchman's signature, with the player keen on a return to the Premier League.

His agent Mino Raiola proclaimed that a €100 million bid would be needed to prize Pogba away from Turin, where he moved in 2012 from Manchester United.

Tacchinardi compared Pogba's potential exit to when Juventus sold Zinedine Zidane for a then-world record fee of €59m before using the funds to buy world-class trio Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram and Pavel Nedved.

"Juve have dire need of Pogba, just like they do of Carlos Tevez," he told Tuttosport. "When you take them out the team, the whole team suffers.

"You don't win games with the Tacchinardis of this world, but with those like Zidane. At just 21 years old, Pogba's already doing stellar things and the fact that he is linked to figures like €100m just increases the pressure.

"If Juventus can get enough money to buy three top players, selling him may be okay. Otherwise they should keep him, because it's impossible to play the 'Sell Zidane, buy Buffon, Thuram and Nedved' card nowadays.

"In 10 years, Pogba will be written into the history of world football. If I were to sell Pogba, I would do so reluctantly."

Ahead of Juve hosting Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, Tacchinardi is hoping that Massimiliano Allegri's men are prepared enough to avoid a repeat of the 1997 final defeat - a match in which he played.

"The Bianconeri will have to limit mistakes on set pieces and counterattacks, where Dortmund are devastating," he added. "I hope that, after the mockery of 1997, fate will play its part.

"I know the ferocity with which Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli wants to return to the highest level. In terms of history, tradition, stadium and results, Juventus are behind only Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid."

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