Diego Forlan says potential Manchester United signing Paul Pogba is nowhere near as valuable as Paul Scholes would have been in his prime.
The French midfielder is said to be finalising a return to Old Trafford from Juventus for a world-record transfer fee in excess of £100m, after leaving the club on a free in 2012.
Forlan admits he is a fan of Pogba and says he is worth whatever any club is willing to pay for him.
However, the Uruguayan, who played alongside Scholes during his two years at United, has suggested the 23-year-old is not quite in the same league as his former team-mate.
“If Paul Pogba is to cost €120m, imagine how much Manchester United would have needed to pay for Paul Scholes? The midfielder was the best player that I ever played with – by a distance,” Forlan said in his column for The National.
“United were lucky in that Scholes had no need or desire to leave the club when he was a player. He was a local boy and a United fan, one of the few great players born near a club who are one of the biggest in the world.
“He lived at home and won all the trophies possible, not that I could have seen Scholes moving to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
“Pogba’s a good player, I like him. He could well go onto become the best midfielder of his generation. Is he worth the figures being mentioned though? The answer: He’s worth whatever any club is willing to pay for him.”