Juventus open to €30m Newcastle raid with Man Utd-linked ace the real prize

Steve Pearson
France trio Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and Adrien Rabiot 2021

Juventus are so determined to sign a Manchester United-linked midfielder that they are prepared to sanction a January sale to Newcastle to help facilitate a deal, per a report.

Newcastle are expected to splash the cash in January following their Saudi-led takeover. Targets from all across Europe have been linked with virtually every area of their squad ripe for improvement in the window.

Now, Sport Witness (citing Italian outlet Calciomercato) claim Newcastle hold an interest in acquiring Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot.

The 26-year-old midfielder is no longer assured of regular starts under Massimiliano Allegri in Turin. As such, the article stated Juventus ‘aim to sell’ the French international in January.

Newcastle are believed to be in the frame, and a fresh report from TuttoJuve (via Sport Witness) provides an update on the situation that could have consequences on Manchester United.

They acknowledged that a winter window deal for Rabiot is indeed viable. A €30m figure is cited as being required to seal the switch. Furthermore, it’s claimed Rabiot could be tempted to join through the lure of a ‘€10m’-per-year-salary (roughly £162,000-a-week).

And should Rabiot depart for St. James’ Park, Juventus then ‘plan to throw themselves’ at Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.

The 21-year-old midfield destroyer is one of European football’s most in-demand stars. He has been linked with both Chelsea and Liverpool, and most recently Manchester United via transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Tchouameni has developed a fearsome partnership with Paul Pogba in the French national side. Pogba hailed the combative youngster recently after their midfield partnership helped France be crowned Nations League champions.

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Central midfield remains the one area of United’s squad that requires attention in the market in many people’s eyes.

Signing Tchouameni would go a long way to fixing that issue. Though he could seemingly be bound for Turin if Newcastle kickstart the transfer chain reaction for Rabiot first.

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Solskjaer under threat if Liverpool beat Man Utd – Merson

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears dejected during the Premier League match at Old Trafford

Meanwhile, Paul Merson believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will struggle to retain his job if Manchester United lose to Liverpool on Sunday.

The two arch-rivals come into Sunday’s Premier League clash in vastly different circumstances. While the Reds are in red-hot form following a strong start to the season, United have stuttered in recent games.

But Merson has insisted that the pattern of the game will “suit” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more.

“You look at Manchester United versus Liverpool and, on current form, you fear for Solskjaer’s side,” the pundit told Sky Sports. “But this is why we love the Premier League because you just know it’s not going to be like that.

“There’s absolutely no chance Liverpool will wipe the floor with Manchester United at Old Trafford. There will be a game because this is the game. If United lose to Liverpool that’s it, I cannot see how Solskjaer stays in the long-term.”

Merson went on to claim Liverpool’s style is tailor-made for Man Utd to exploit, though did wax lyrical about Liverpool’s “unplayable” front three.

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