Juventus ready to make a swap deal with Manchester United

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Juventus ready to make a swap deal with Manchester United

Juventus are prepared to swap Miralem Pjanic to Manchester United in an effort to reacquire Paul Pogba before the transfer window closes, according to reports in Italy.

The Bianconeri are still in the market for a new midfielder and, along with Barcelona, have been alerted to Pogba’s potential availability due to his rocky relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho.

Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, is believed to be flying into Manchester this week – coinciding with the midfielder’s return to training – and is keen to secure a move away from Old Trafford for his client.

Miralem Pjanic
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Barca are still keen despite signing Arturo Vidal, though Italian newspaper TuttoSport claim Juventus’ willingness to include Pjanic in any deal gives them an advantage.

Mourinho would be happy to make the switch happen as he is fond of the style of play seen by the Bosnian midfielder, who was effectively signed to replace Pogba in Turin two years ago.

Jose Mourinho and Pogba have frequently clashed last season, with the Portuguese coach unhappy with the midfielder’s lack of tactical discipline.

Jose Mourinho and Pogba have frequently clashed last season

As a result, Pogba was seen exploring the possibility of leaving Old Trafford, with reports in Spain even claiming that he met with Barca sporting director Eric Abidal while on holiday in Los Angeles.

Barce see Pogba as a potential heir to Andres Iniesta, with Ernesto Valverde keen to switch to his preferred 4-3-3 formation where Pogba would line up on the left of a midfield three.

Juventus will likely need to offload several players if Pogba does return to Turin as the Bianconeri have spent well-over this transfer season having already spent big to land the infamous Cristiano Ronaldo.

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