Manchester United will be given the chance to sign long-term Chelsea target Miralem Pjanic as part of a swap deal involving Paul Pogba, according to reports in Italy.
Juventus are eager to take Pogba back to Serie A, after helping him blossom from Manchester United academy product to the world’s most expensive player (at the time) in a four-season spell, before his return to Old Trafford in 2016.
Securing a midfielder in Pogba’s style, ideally the man himself, is one of two transfer priorities for the Serie A champions this summer, along with adding an out-and-out centre-forward to bring the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neither operation will be cheap, so the Old Lady will have to use counterparts to get the deals done – and according to Tuttosport, they have identified two players they are willing to use as makeweights.
The Turin-based paper explains that either Paulo Dybala or Miralem Pjanic will be offered to Man Utd, in addition to around £55m, as part of an attempt to lure Pogba back to Serie A.
Dybala was linked with United last summer, but a move late in the transfer window fell through, with the player seemingly content to stay at Juventus instead.
As for Pjanic, the Bosnian midfielder has been linked with Chelsea as part of a possible triple raid on the Italian top flight, also involving a goalkeeper and a star striker.
However, the opportunity for United to acquire a direct replacement for Pogba in the same position may convince them to do the deal with Juventus.
But keeping hold of Pogba may prove crucial in their attempts to attract other top talent, with one journalist revealing that the Frenchman’s potential exit would scupper United’s plans to sign a Barcelona star.