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.
Spanish giants Real Madrid want to include Gareth Bale in a player-plus-cash deal to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, according to reports.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made signing his countryman one of his priorities as he revamps his squad after Madrid’s poor – by their standards – season in 2018/19.
However, having already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, Madrid are reluctant to meet United’s £150 million asking price in full. This is why they want to include a makeweight such as Bale, who has been told he isn’t part of Zidane’s plans for next season.
United have previously been linked with Bale – especially during the Jose Mourinho era – but appear to have cooled their interest in the 29-year-old now. Whether his inclusion in any offer for Pogba changes their stance remains to be seen.
Pogba is understood to be keen to move to Madrid but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to lose him. If this stance continues Pogba could submit a formal transfer request.
Meanwhile Bale has previously said he is happy to stay at Madrid, so whether he would agree to be the makeweight in any deal remains to be seen.
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.
European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are both set to try and tempt Paul Pogba away from Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
Speculation about the future of midfielder Pogba has intensified again in recent weeks again with reports of him not being happy under Reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The France international had had very public fallings out with previous boss Jose Mourinho and had been expected to leave in the summer. But this had changed when Solskjaer arrived along with an upturn in form. However, as United and Pogba’s form has dipped, speculation has increased.
Spanish newspaper AS has gone so far as saying that Pogba has agreed terms with Madrid already.
Los Blancos manger Zinedine Zidane is known to be a fan of the 26-year-old and would be the sort of marquee signing he is looking for as he overhauls his squad this summer.
However, Pogba’s former club, Juventus, are also thought to be keen on re-signing him, according to The Observer. Indeed, they report Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has met with Juve officials.
It is thought United will demand £112 million for a player they signed for £89 million back in summer 2016. If Juventus are to fund that, they may have to sell players first.
Whether Pogba stays could largely depend on if Manchester United quality for next season’s Champions League. They currently sit 6th, 3 points behind Chelsea in 4th with 2 matches remaining.
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