Perennial Serie A champions Juventus are preparing to make a £120 million bid for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports.
Juventus want their former star back as the club seeks to build a side that can win the Champions League, according to The Times.
Real Madrid are also known to be interested in the French star, with manager Zinedine Zidane known to be a big fan of his countryman. It has been thought Madrid prefer a player-plus-cash deal for Pogba, with Welsh star Gareth Bale a potential makeweight in the deal.
Pogba is believed to want to leave United – he is on record saying he could fancy a new challenge – and a move to Madrid or Turin would doubtless appeal to him.
However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears determined to hold on to the World Cup Winner and is thought to see him as a vital part of his side for next season as they seek to regain a spot in the Champions League. He is expected to join their pre-season tour too.
It seems this transfer saga could run for some time yet.
Manchester City face a battle to sign Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo with Barcelona ready to enter the race.
City have been looking to strengthen their options at right-back – despite having Kyle Walker and Danilo in the squad – and have earmarked Cancelo as their top target. Should Cancelo sign, then it is expected that Danilo would be sold.
The Portuguese international, 25, would cost about £60 million. He has been impressive in his two seasons in Turin, helping Juve to successive Scudettos and also was a part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League recently.
However, while a deal is thought to be close, City could yet face competition for his signature, with Spanish champions Barcelona reportedly set to join the race for him. Barca are looking for upgrades to their squad as they seek to retain their La Liga title and make another assault on the Champions League trophy.
Juventus appear prepared to sell, and make a profit on the £35 million they paid for him.
Italian giants Juventus and Napoli are set for a battle to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s our-of-favour right-back Kieran Trippier.
The Daily Mirror has reported that new Juve boss Maurizio Sarri has identified Trippier as one of his first signings for the perennial Serie A champions. It is thought he was impressed by him when he was boss of Chelsea.
Napoli have previously been reported to be interested in the 28-year-old and are thought to have already opened talks with the player and his representatives.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has indicated he would be prepared to sell Trippier for the right price – thought to be about £28 million – as he has cover at the position. French international Serge Aurier and promising home-grown player Kyle Walker-Peters are both vying for the right-back position.
Trippier could be tempted by a move to Italy. Both sides are in next season’s Champions League, although an extra pull to Juventus could be the presence of former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey.
European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are set for a summer battle to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.
Pogba recently said that after three years at United “it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.” This came after rumours that he wasn’t happy at United, despite having his best season on the pitch in terms of goal scoring.
This has alerted top clubs to his potential availability, and now bids may be incoming.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is known to be a big fan of his countryman. Zidane is rebuilding the Madrid side this summer -he has already signed several players, including Eden Hazard – and Pogba could be a good fit in the midfield.
Meanwhile Pogba made his name at Juventus and a return to Turin would appeal to him. Maurizio Sarri has just taken over there and knows him from his time in the Premier League. The opportunity to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo would also be a pull.
However, it will take a big money bid to get United to sell. At 27, Pogba is at the height of his career and United bosses will want to at least recoup the £89 million they paid Juventus for him three years ago. Previous reports have speculated on a fee of up to £120 million.
United could be willing to do business too. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could use the money to bring in other players – depending on whether he wants to build the squad around Pogba or not.
Any deal could be done quickly – Solskjaer has said he wants all transfer business wrapped up before the start of pre-season training.
Italian champions Juventus are planning to offer Manchester United striker Paulo Dybala and left-back Alex Sandro in exchange for midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.
Pogba had a frustrating season at United last season, only hitting top form for part of the season. It is believed he now wants to quit the Red Devils – again – this summer.
It is also thought that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to listen to offers for the French international as the rebuilds the side in his own image.
And Juventus could have a very tempting offer, according to the Sunday Express. The newspaper reports that Juventus are willing to offer Dybala and Alex Sandro in exchange for Pogba.
Juventus favour a player-plus-cash deal as they would struggle to meet United’s £120 million valuation of him in straight cash.
Dybala has been linked with United for quite some time. The Argentine was in and out of the Juve side last season as he struggled after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile Alex Sandro has been coveted by other Premier League clubs and has a reputation as one of the best left-backs in Europe.
United could be tempted by the deal as Dybala could be a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Solskjaer is also said to be open to offers for the Belgian, who was in and out of the United side last season.
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