Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering a move for Paul Pogba, with Juventus said to be open to offers for the France midfielder.
Mourinho was confirmed as United’s new manager on Friday and has immediately embarked upon identifying squad reinforcements.
Pogba, who has enjoyed four successful years at Juve after leaving United in 2012, is reported by The Times to have been “informally” available for transfer, with the Serie A champions willing to listen to offers for the 23-year-old.
Mourinho is understood to be targeting a new centre-back, a central midfielder and a striker to bolster the squad he inherited from Louis van Gaal.
The former Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid boss has been linked with a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is a free agent after leaving PSG at the end of the season.
Ibrahimovic and Pogba are both represented by Mino Raiola, who has spoken previously about Pogba’s willingness to extend his contract at Juve beyond 2019, but the Frenchman would be looking for a hefty increase on his current £70,000-a-week wage.
Barcelona have been among the list of clubs chasing Pogba but the La Liga champions might struggle to meet Juve’s demands without having to sell one of their stars. Juve are likely to want a figure in the region of the £86million world record fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.